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Archaeology Pizza lunch and fieldwork discussion

pizza lunch fieldwork Apr 2015Join archaeology students and faculty to eat free pizza from Ned’s and learn about finding and doing fieldwork. Open to all interested students and faculty who want to share or learn about archaeolocial field experiences. 
Friday April 24, 2015 at 1:00–2:00 pm in the Landscapes and Objects Lab, 125 McGraw Hall. Hosted by CIAMS and the Undergraduate Program in Archaeology.

CIAMS Students Reaching Out in Local Schools

Etter teachingKudos 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!

NES-CIAMS Brownbag: Reacting to Heritage Destruction in Iraq

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.

Lori Khatchadourian

Joint AAMD/AIA/SAA/ASOR/AAA Statement on Destruction at Nineveh and Mosul Museum

(publ. Feb 26, 2015,

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.

Samantha Sanft and Angela McArdle share 2014 CIAMS MA Thesis Prize

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Angela McArdle conducting PXRF analysis on obsidian samples in Guatemala.

 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.


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Radiography of shell beads from Indian Fort Road


FIRING the CANON! The Cornell Casts and Their Discontents


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. 
See Flyer Here
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.

Vote on best archaeological photograph for the ‘CAPPy’

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.

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