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  • CIAMS Workshop: Chris Garces, Cornell University anthropologist and Faculty Fellow at the Cornell Society for the Humanities, “Denuding Surveillance at the Carceral Boundary,” Wed Feb 12 4:30 Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw). Garces invites discussion about his work on ethnographic “rites of passage” at checkpoint filters in a maximum security prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Garces abstract here
  • CIAMS Reception: Come bid the Fall semester adieu with faculty, students and friends. History of Art Gallery, Goldwin Smith Hall, at 5:30 pm, Thursday December 5.
  • Stephen Russell, Conrad J. Bergendoff Fellow in Religion at Augustana College, ”Beyond Sacred Space: A Geography of Power in the Hebrew Bible,” Wed Dec. 4, 4:30, 110 White Hall.  Dr. Russell discusses monarchic production of space and discourse about it in Iron Age II Israel and Judah. More on the lecture…
  • Adam T. Smith and Cornell Alum Rosemary Joyce appear on webcast, “Why Archaeology Matters: A Crisis in Federal Funding of Archaeological Research.“  A rejoinder to the September 30, 2013 USA Today article by House Representatives Eric Cantor and Lamar Smith that criticized government funding of science research through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Hosted by Joseph Schuldenrein.
  • VCC: Persis Berlekamp (University of Chicago), “The Roar of Battle: Military Talismans of Medieval Anatolia and the Jazira,” Tues Nov 12, 5-6 pm G22 Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University. Sponsored by History of Art and Near Eastern Studies.
  • NYSAA: Elena Devecchi (Institut für Assyriologie und Hethitologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München), “How to Govern an Empire: The Case of the Hittites (XIV-XII century BCE).” Wed Nov 6 6:30, Room 208 Center for Natural Sciences, Ithaca College.
  • Emad Khazraee, Ph.D. Candidate in Information Studies at the College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, “Archaeology of Archaeology: A study of the creation of archaeological knowledge in practice,” Thurs, Nov 7, 2013, 3-4pm, 301 College Avenue (Information Science Building. More on talk
  • Molly Swetnam-Burland, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, The College or William and Mary, presents “Egypt in Italy: Egyptian Objects, Roman Contexts,” Fri, Nov 1, 4:30 122 Goldwin Smith Hall. Reception to follow in 119 Goldwin Smith Hall. Hosted by the Department of Classics.
  • Gabriel Barkay, Bar Ilan University, presents “New Discoveries in the Archaeology of Jerusalem,” Tues Oct 29 4:30 to 6:00, White Hall, 110. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, and the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS). Contact: jp835@cornell.edu
  • Roald Hoffmann, “Protochemistries are the Bridge,”  Physical Sciences 120, Mon Oct 21 4:40 pm. ’protochemistry [forms ... ] a natural bridge between chemists and nonchemists, between chemistry and culture’. More info…
  • CIAMS Seminar: Felix Höflmayer, post-doctoral scholar, Oriental Institute, presented “Chronologies of Collapse: Climate Change and late Early Bronze Age Transformations in the Ancient Near East,” Monday Oct 7,  4:30 pm, 110 White Hall. Co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies.
  • NYSAA: Brita Lorentzen (Cornell Tree-Ring Laboratory) presents “From the Forest to the Mosque: New Tree-Ring and 14C Evidence for Dating Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sourcing Its Timbers,”  6:30 pm Wed Oct. 2, 208 CNS Bldg, Ithaca College. Lorentzen uses dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) and modeling of sequences of 14C  dates (“wiggle-matching”) to obtain unprecedented dating precision for the al-Aqsa timbers and identify the forest area(s) from which these timbers were procured. Hosted by the New York State Archaeology Association (NYSAA, for more info, lwj1@cornell.edu.) Brita kindly gave a Cornell version of the talk Tues Oct 8 at 12:30 in the Dendro Lab.
  • AIA: Andrew Stewart (UC-Berkeley), “Individuality and Innovation in Greek Sculpture,” 6:00 pm  Tues Oct 1, G22 Goldwin Smith Hall. Hosted by the Archaeological Institute of America. For more info, aa376@cornell.edu.
  • Geoff Emberling, Assistant Research Scientist at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan, presented “Pastoral States—The Nubian Kingdom of Kush in Comparative Perspective,” 4:30 pm, Tuesday Sep 24, New Wing Lecture Hall, Johnson Museum of Art. Held in conjunction with the course From Excavation to Exhibition that examines the paths objects take in their journey from recovery at archaeological sites to their appearance in museum exhibits.  The course is a collaboration between the Johnson Museum of Art and CIAMS, supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • CIAMS Seminar: Sturt Manning presented “Becoming Urban: Investigating the Anatomy of the Maroni Late Bronze Age Complex,” Monday Sep 23, G122 Goldwin Smith Hall, 4.30-6.00 pm. Manning summarized recent excavations and surveys that have involved a number of Cornell graduate students and shown how ground penetrating radar (GPR) can reveal urban development without costly, time-consuming excavation.
  • Tiffiny Tung (Anthropology, Vanderbilt U.)  presented “Corporal Destruction of the Living and the Dead: Bioarchaeological Insights on Violence and Post-mortem Agency in the Post-Wari Andes,“ Friday Sep 20 at 3:30 in McGraw Hall 215. Nerissa Russell hosted a potluck afterwards.
  • Carrie Fulton (Classics doctoral student) presented her dissertation prospectus, “Lost in Transportation: Considering materiality, agency, and trade networks through Ancient Mediterranean shipwrecks.” Thursday Sep 19, 4:30 PM 122 Goldwin Smith Hall.
  • CIAMS faculty members Magnus Fiskesjö and Annetta Alexandridis joined other faculty at a Roundtable Discussion: China, Turkey, and the Shifting Politics of Art Repatriation, Tues Sep 10 at 4:30 in 2B48 Olin Library. More on the roundtable
  • Thanks to all for making the  CIAMS start-of-year reception (Sep 6) a success. It was great to meet new students and see so many familiar faces.
  • The first meeting of the CIAMS Reading Group was hosted by Lori Khatchadourian and Adam Smith on Sep 5. CIAMS faculty engaged in a lively discussion over Ian Hodder’s 2012 Entangled and its provocative thesis that things may be as powerful as humans in the way our lives are shaped (and thus deposited in the ground).
  • Professors Lauren Monroe and Christopher Monroe (both of Near Eastern Studies and CIAMS) along with four Cornell undergraduates and three recent graduates joined colleagues Nava Panitz-Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Robert Mullins (Azusa Pacific University) in launching excavations at Tel Abel Beth Maacah in northern Israel during summer 2013. The field school, directed by Professor Lauren Monroe, emphasized archaeological science/micro-archaeology and introduced students to the history and geography of the region. More on the project…
  • Professor Sturt Manning (Classics and CIAMS), along with graduate students from the Departments of Classics and Anthropology and geophysicist Thomas Urban from the University of Oxford, returned to Cyprus during summer 2013 to map the major Late Bronze Age (1700-1200 BCE) settlement around the site of Maroni Vournes in southern Cyprus using geophysical methods, and to assist in initial investigations of another Late Bronze Age site slightly west along the coast at Tochni Laksia in collaboration with a University of Edinburgh team led by Dr. David Sewell.
  • Professors Lori Khatchadourian (Near Eastern Studies and CIAMS) and Adam Smith (Anthropology and CIAMS) returned to Armenia during summer 2013 for the tenth field season of Project ArAGATS,  the joint American-Armenian Project for the Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies. In partnership with project co-director Dr. Ruben Badalyan of Armenia’s Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, and with the help of graduate students from Cornell and the University of Chicago, resumed excavations at the Bronze and Iron Age sites of Gegharot and Tsaghkahovit. More on the activities of Project ArAGATS…
  • CIAMS MA student Angela McArdle won the 2013 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Career Development Grant. Read more…
  • CIAMS was featured in the Cornell Chronicle. Read more…
  • The Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Laboratory for Aegean and Near Eastern Dendrochronology has received a $204,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. More info…
  • Cornell recently hosted the Eurasia Archaeology Conference. Read more…