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Joint 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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International Archaeology Day in Ithaca

Treman hotel wallThe 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 


RadioCIAMS: Nadine Moeller (Oriental Institute) podcast on Tell Edfu

Moeller EdfuDr. Nadine Moeller (Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the Oriental Institute, Chicago) presented The context of the Khayan sealings from Tell Edfu: Chronological and historical implications for the Second Intermediate Period in Egypt” on  Oct 6, 2014,  and participated in a CIAMS podcast the following morning. The student panel was composed of Eilis Monahan, Jess Pfundstein, Katie Kearns, Bill Mastandrea, and Freddy Loew. They asked questions about the lecture and a related article in Near Eastern Archaeology 75.2  (2012).  CIAMS Director Sturt Manning introduced our guest, and Cornell Egyptologist Caitie Barrett was also on the panel. Dr. Moeller has been directing the Tell Edfu Project since 2001, and has excavated in Egypt at Abu Raswash, Memphis, Zawiet Sultan (Zawiet el-Meitin), Theban West Bank, Valley of the Kings, Dendera and Elephantine. The recorded discussion opens below.

RadioCIAMS: Jennifer Birch, Northern Iroquoian Societies

birch_smileRadioCIAMS is the podcast series of the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS). In these podcasts we seek to probe the critical debates in archaeology in conversation between leading practitioners and the next generation of researchers. 
On September 12, 2014 University of Georgia Assistant Professor Jennifer Birch met with a panel of CIAMS students (Perri Gerard-Little, Cynthia Kocik, and Samantha Sanft) and Cornell anthropologist Kurt Jordan to discuss recent research on Northern Iroquoian societies. The link below opens the audio recording of the discussion.

Archaeology Lunch (free pizza!!)

Archaeo lunchThe Archaeology Program is hosting a pizza lunch for all those interested in archaeology at Cornell (minors, majors, faculty, etc.). Friday Sep 19 at 12:20 in the Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw Hall).