Join archaeology students and faculty to eat free pizza and learn about fieldwork opportunities. Open to all interested students and faculty who want to share or learn about archaeolocial field experiences.
Wed Mar 25, 1:00–2:00 pm in the Landscapes and Objects Lab, 125 McGraw Hall.
Kudos to CIAMS students Bonnie Etter and Jennifer Carrington for their volunteer work at local middle schools. Both have been working through the organization GRASSHOPR to teach archaeology courses. Bonnie used education boxes borrowed from the Johnson Museum to engage not only students but multiple teachers, the principal, even the dean! The teachers were so excited that they have asked her to do versions of it for their own classes. Kudos!
In response to recent destructions carried out by Islamic State actors in northern Iraq, Adam Smith has an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire, and Sturt Manning has one on CNN. CIAMS and NES are holding a Brownbag to discuss the nature of the destructions and how the archaeological community can best respond--see invitation here.
The Near Eastern Studies department and CIAMS are planning a brown bag lunch to talk about ISIS, Islam, and the recent abominable acts of heritage destruction in northern Iraq. As developments of critical concern to both the NES and CIAMS communities make the daily headlines, it would seem an important time to gather and discuss these current affairs, and grapple with the difficult question of how archaeologists, museums, and the wider heritage community can best respond. Professor David Powers, an expert on Islamic law, has kindly agreed to join us for this conversation to help us think through the intersection of Islam, iconoclasm, and the Islamic State. CIAMS faculty, affiliates and students are invited to join us Thursday March 12 at 12:15 in the Landscapes and Objects Lab, 125 McGraw Hall.
(publ. Feb 26, 2015, http://www.archaeological.org/news/aianews/18742):
The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), Society for American Archaeology (SAA), American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), and the American Anthropological Association (AAA) released the following joint statement in response to news reports of the destruction of a gate of Nineveh and other works of ancient art in the Mosul Museum, Iraq.
The members of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), Society for American Archaeology (SAA), American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), and the American Anthropological Association (AAA) deplore in the strongest possible terms the destruction of works of art held by the Mosul Museum. Pillaging of archaeological sites and cultural repositories to destroy irreplaceable cultural heritage and to disperse rare and important artifacts is reprehensible. This has caused irreparable damage to the heritage of the people of Iraq and humanity worldwide.
In the face of the current crisis in Iraq, we urge all members with appropriate expertise to provide professional support to the archaeological community to repair damaged works to the degree possible and to identify and reclaim missing objects. We call on authorities, even in these unsettled times, to do what they can to protect the world’s archaeological and cultural materials. And we urge museums and archaeological communities around the world to alert the appropriate international authorities if they believe they have information regarding objects recently stolen from Mosul. While the full extent of the damage to Iraq’s cultural heritage will only become clear after greater stability is restored, the material culture from more than 5,000 years of history is under extremely serious threat and we must take immediate action.
Cornell Anthropology presents a dialogue, “Global Heritage in the 21st Century,” featuring Peter G. Gould (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) and Cornell alum Christina Luke (Boston University). Friday March 6 2015 at 3:30 pm in 165 McGraw Hall. Co-sponsored by CIAMS, free and open to the public.
Each year CIAMS faculty award an outstanding MA thesis, and this year there are two. congratulations to Sam and Angela on their excellent work. The titles of their 2014 MA theses follow, and abstracts are below.
Samantha Morgan Sanft, BEADS AND PENDANTS FROM INDIAN FORT ROAD: A SIXTEENTH CENTURY CAYUGA SITE IN TOMPKINS COUNTY, NEW YORK.
Angela Brie Bleggi McArdle, WHEN TRASH BECOMES TREASURE: A POSTCLASSIC MAYA OBSIDIAN CORE CACHE FROM NOJPETEN. Continue reading
Please join Art-History/Visual Resources profs Annetta Alexandridis and Verity Platt for the opening of FIRING the CANON! The Cornell Casts and Their Discontents. Come explore the interactions that Cornell’s Greco-Roman casts collection have prompted during the university’s history.
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Join us for the reception opening the exhibition, November 6 at 4:30 PM. There is also a special reception Fri Nov. 14 for Classics and CIAMS members.
Weinhold Chilled Water Plant (next to Toboggan Lodge).
Looking forward to seeing you there, Verity Platt and Annetta Alexandridis.
Send an email to Chris Monroe specifying by number which student-submitted image below best captures the spirit of archaeological field work. The winner will have the prestige of taking home the first annual ‘CAPPy’ (CIAMS Archaeological Photography Prize) plus a book certificate. International Archaeology Day, Oct 18, is the last day to submit your photography. Anybody seeing this can vote, and you can change your vote at any time before votes are counted Oct 25.
The Archaeological Institute of America‘s Finger Lakes (Ithaca) Society and The Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park will be hosting “Heritage Day” in the Upper Park on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 1 – 4 pm. Events will include guided tours of the Mill, naturalist conducted tours of the gorge and an “in progress” archeological dig at the site of the former Hamlet of Enfield Falls. Excavations are being carried out by Dr. Sherene Baugher and her students and visitors are welcome. There are several new exhibits in the Mill which highlight aspects of life in the camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps as well as in the former Hamlet of Enfield Falls. The exhibits were designed and installed by students in Dr Baugher’s museum courses (Designing Archaeological Exhibits). Cornell students also built the exhibit cases and created the landscape models.
Come and enjoy the beauty of the park, take tours of the 19th century mill and the scenic waterfalls and gorge that were the highlight of a 19th century resort and are part of the state park.
There is a $7 charge per vehicle to enter the park.
Saturday, October 19, 2013 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Upper Treman State Park
105 Enfield Falls Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850