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 be announced this Fall, and he or she shall have the prestige of taking home the first annual ‘CAPPy’ (CIAMS Archaeological Photography Prize) plus a book certificate. PS, it is not too late to submit your photography. PSS, anybody seeing this can vote, and you can change your vote at any time.

Entry 1

Entry 1

Entry 2Entry 2

Entry 3

Entry 3



Entry 4 (ineligible faculty entry)





Entry 5

Entry 5


CIAMS Lecture: Nadine Moeller on Second Intermediate Period Egypt

Moeller EdfuCIAMS Lecture: Nadine Moeller (Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago) presents The context of the Khayan sealings from Tell Edfu: Chronological and historical implications for the Second Intermediate Period in Egypt.” 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. Monday Oct 6, 4:30 G22 Goldwin Smith Hall.

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.

Digital preservation summit in Washington

CyArk is a nonprofit with the mission of digitally preserving the world’s cultural heritage.  
On October 7-8, CyArk will be hosting its Annual Summit at the National Archives in Washington DC.  The overarching theme of the conference is “Democratization of Cultural Heritage: Enabling access to information, technology and support.” Attendees will be able to network and learn from presentations given by government, university, historic preservation and cultural resource management leaders such as Gustavo Araoz, President of ICOMOS, CyArk’s blue ribbon advisory council, Corine Wegener of the Smithsonian and US Committee of the Blue Shield, Richard O’Connor Chief of HABS, leadership and practitioners from the National Park Services, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and governments around the world. 
Attendees will also be able to see live demonstrations and learn about the latest technologies being applied to built heritage and digital humanities from speakers and sponsors that include Autodesk, Trimble SketchUp, A&E firms, and cultural resource management firms. 
Researchers and scholars will have the opportunity to learn about specific programs that CyArk is working on, such as the Atlantic Slave Trade and the Athena Project, and identify opportunities to collaborate where CyArk and other heritage institutions are actively seeking research partners.

Note that CyArk is offering a discounted student rate 

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!