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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).

Cindy Kocik graduated, with thesis on Iroquois dendrochronology

CynthiaKocikCIAMSCIAMS Master’s student Cynthia Kocik was graduated in August 2014, having completed her thesis, “The Edges of Wood: Dendrochronological Analysis of Three Seneca Iroquois Structures at Letchworth State Park, 1796-1831.” Since graduating Cindy has been working at the Cornell Tree-Ring Laboratory and plans to do so into early 2015. Eventually she hopes to work in CRM or in an archaeology-related post with a state parks service or historical society in the Midwest. Congratulations, Cindy!



CIAMS Photo Contest deadline extended!

As announced in the spring, CIAMS students are invited to submit images from their Summer (or Fall) projects for the first annual CIAMS Award for Archaeological Photography, known to insiders as ‘the Cappy’.  A book voucher (yes !!) awaits the digital auteur who best captures something quintessential about archaeological research and fieldwork. Send your images (in jpg or other common format) to Chris Monroe via email by Oct 10, the Friday before Fall Break. I will then post the entries online and let a panel of aesthetically-challenged, myopic scholars decide the lucky winner! Good luck, and may the best shooter win!

President Skorton op-ed: social science research in the balance

The FIRST Act has two flaws that could limit future discoveries

By David J. Skorton, Published: May 20

Congress soon will make an important set of decisions that could significantly impact our nation’s global technological and economic edge now and for years to come. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is about to mark up legislation — the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act (FIRST Act) — to reauthorize a number of agencies and programs, including the National Science Foundation, charged with enabling the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in research and education. Read more in the Washington Post…

Manning and international team date climate change and collapse ca. 2200 BCE

Egyptian coffinClimate change caused empire’s fall, tree rings reveal
By Linda B. Glaser (photo:  Ipi-ha-ishutef’s coffin, S. Cristanetti, A. Whyte/Oriental Institute)
A handful of tree ring samples stored in an old cigar box have shed unexpected light on the ancient world, thanks to research by archaeologist Sturt Manning and collaborators at Cornell, Arizona, Chicago, Oxford and Vienna, forthcoming in the June issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle…