Congratulations to the CIAMS MA and PhD students who graduated in January 2017!
Four CIAMS MA students graduated: Jenna Bittenbender, Ned Fischer, Louisa Nash, and Emily Stanton. In addition, CIAMS-affiliated student, Beth Ryan, completed her PhD in the Anthropology department.
We at CIAMS are very proud of our recent graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!
Join CIAMS at a reception on Thursday, February 2 to kick off the Spring 2017 semester! The traditional pizza-sushi combo will be served, as well as snacks, wine, and other drinks. The reception will be held in the History of Art Gallery, Goldwin Smith Hall (G08) from 4:30 until 6:30. Family and friends are welcome.
The Eurasian Archaeology Conference Committee at Cornell University announces their Fifth Conference on Eurasian Archaeology, scheduled for October 26-28, 2017.
We are delighted to announce that the Fifth Conference on Eurasian Archaeology will be held on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, from October 26-28, 2017. Our theme will be: “Gods on the Grasslands, Myths in the Mountains”. Details will follow shortly, including an abstract, submission deadlines, and information on student travel support. You can also find information about the Eurasian Archaeology Conferences, past and present, at http://eac.arts.cornell.edu/.
We are also proud to announce the publication of the volume derived from our last conference. Fitful Histories and Unruly Publics: Rethinking Temporalty and Community in Eurasian Archaeology will be published this month by Brill: http://www.brill.com/products/book/fitful-histories-and-unruly-publics-rethinking-temporality-and-community-eurasian-archaeology.
Please circulate this email far and wide. We look forward to making this our most engaging Eurasian Archaeology Conference yet!
Very best regards,
The Eurasian Archaeology Conference Committee
On October 14, 2016 University of Minnesota archaeologist Steve Kosiba met a panel of CIAMS students (Kelli Breeden, Andrew Crocker, Perri Gerard-Little, Katie Jarriel, and Sam Sanft) and faculty (Adam Smith, host) to discuss materiality, constructions of value, and placemaking among the Inka.
In preparation for discussion, the participants read:
- Bauer, A. and Kosiba, S. 2016. How things act: An archaeology of materials in political life. Journal of Social Archaeology 16(2): 115-141.
- Kosiba, S. 2012. Emplacing value, cultivating order: places of conversion and practices of subordination throughout early Inka state formation (Cusco, Peru). In J.K. Papadopoulos and G. Urton, eds. The Construction of Value in the Ancient World. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Pp. 97-127.
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On September 23, 2016 University of Minnesota archaeologist Matthew Canepa met. a panel of CIAMS students (Gabby Borenstein, Andrew Crocker, Jeanine Hoy, Jake Nabel, Jessica Plant, Ellie Reppy, Andrew Smith, and Jay Weimar) and faculty (Ben Anderson and Lori Khatchadourian, host) to discuss iconography, architecture, and the construction of royal identity in the Sassanian Empire.
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Matthew P. Canepa (PhD, University of Chicago) is an historian of art, archaeology and religions. His research focuses on the intersection of art, ritual and power in the eastern Mediterranean, Persia and the wider Iranian world. Prof. Canepa’s forthcoming book entitled The Iranian Expanse (University of California Press) is a large-scale study of the transformation of Iranian cosmologies, landscapes and architecture from the height of the Achaemenids to the coming of Islam.
Interested in studying archaeology, ancient languages, or ancient cultures? Come to a free pizza dinner!
Join students and faculty from Archaeology, Anthropology, and Classics to eat, get acquainted, and learn more about opportunities, courses, and events at Cornell!
Monday, September 19
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G24 Goldwin Smith Hall
Prof. Caitlin Barrett, Archaeology DUS (email@example.com)
Prof. Courtney Roby, Classics DUS (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof. Paul Nadasdy, Anthropology DUS (email@example.com)
A small section of the plans to be digitized under the grant
CIAMS faculty members Jeff Zorn (Near Eastern Studies) and Lauren Monroe (Near Eastern Studies) recently received funding from the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences at Cornell University in order to digitize the architectural plans for the site of Tell en-Naṣbeh, located 12 km north of Jerusalem in the West Bank. Approximately two thirds of this three hectare, primarily Iron Age, site was excavated by a team from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, between 1926–1935 under the direction of W. F. Badé. Tell en-Naṣbeh is one of the most broadly excavated sites in the southern Levant, making it of great importance for those interested in studying house construction, settlement planning and social organization. The full set of plans has, until now, only been available to those able to travel to Berkeley. This digitization project will at last make these important plans available to students and scholars at Cornell and around the world.