Classics: Rubina Raja, Urban Archaeology in Jordan

Raja Classics Amman_BW_2Classics:  Rubina Raja  (Professor,  Classical Archaeology and Art, Institute for Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark), “Changing the Urban Picture Through High Definition Archaeology: Urban Development in Jerash (Jordan) from the Roman to the Mamluk Period,” Friday, April 17, 2015 4:30 PM, 122 Goldwin Smith Hall, with reception to follow in 119 GSH.

CIAMS End of Year (almost!) Reception

fish pizzaCIAMS End of Year Reception: Following Sergey Makhortykh’s talk, Join CIAMS students and faculty to celebrate (prematurely) the end of the school year, beginning of summer and the adventure ahead. We’ll have locally obtained wine, cheese and the proven combination of pizza and sushi. Wed, Apr 29, 2015 in the Art History Lounge (Goldwin Smith G08).

Archaeology Pizza lunch and fieldwork discussion

pizza lunch fieldwork Apr 2015Join archaeology students and faculty to eat free pizza from Ned’s and learn about finding and doing fieldwork. Open to all interested students and faculty who want to share or learn about archaeolocial field experiences. 
Friday April 24, 2015 at 1:00–2:00 pm in the Landscapes and Objects Lab, 125 McGraw Hall. Hosted by CIAMS and the Undergraduate Program in Archaeology.

CIAMS: Sergey Makhortykh on the Scythians of the North Black Sea

sergey 1Cornell Fulbright Scholar (Anthropology) Sergey Makhortykh, “The Scythians of the North Black Sea Region,” Wed April 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm in G22 Goldwin Smith Hall. The nomadic Scythians of Ukraine are the subject of ever increasing scientific and public interest. This presentation explores their history and culture as well as their contacts with the outside world. Reception with food and drink in the Art History Lounge to follow.

RadioCIAMS: Steven Wernke on Andean Landscapes under Inka and Spanish Colonialism

On March 27, 2015 Vanderbilt University archaeologist Steven Wernke met a panel of CIAMS students (Anastasia Kotsoglou, Bill Mastandrea, Lucius Elliott, Jess Pfundstein, Jenny Carrington) and faculty (Lori Khatchadourian, Chris Monroe) to discuss his award-winning book, Negotiated Settlements, Andean Communities and Landscapes under Inka and Spanish Colonialism. The recorded discussion of about an hour opens below.

Michael Malpass on Middle Horizon Andean Chronology

New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA): Michael A. Malpass (Anthropology, Ithaca College), “The Middle Horizon Site of Sonay: New Radiocarbon Dates (!) and Interpretations (?)”  ,  Thursday, April 2 ant 6:30 pm in room 208 of the Center for Natural Sciences at Ithaca College. 

Abstract: Wari is a state-level society that existed throughout the central and south central Andes during the Middle Horizon(ca 600-1000 C.E.) of the Andean chronological scheme. Sonay is considered to be a small Wari center in southern Peru. It consists of an orthogonal compound with very few artifacts. In the 1990s, it was dated to the late Middle Horizon by two calibrated dates in the tenth century and architectural similarities to other Wari sites. However, the late dates and absence of good Wari ceramics was, and is, an issue. Colleagues have suggested the site might represent an attempt by a later local lord to copy Wari material culture in order to improve her or his status. Two new dates were obtained for the site last year and will be discussed along with the assessment of which of the earlier interpretations is correct. The broader issue to be addressed is how much and what kind of data are needed to make cultural affiliations? Are some data types given preference over others?


March Madness with CIAMS

[from Adam Smith]
I started a CIAMS NCAA tournament bracket group on  Not sure who will be interested but thought it might be a fun thing for the CIAMS community.  The group is private (named, CIAMS)—password is ‘Arkeo’. ESPN just wants your email address or Facebook info and a password to join.

RadioCIAMS: Ben Arbuckle on Big Data archaeology and Neolithic animal economics

s200_benjamin.arbuckleBenjamin Arbuckle (Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) met a panel of CIAMS students (John Gorczyk, Perri Gerard-Little, Kathryn Weber, Nils Niemeier) and faculty (Nerissa Russell) on March 17, 2015 in the LOL to discuss Neolithic animal economies in SW Asia and ‘big data’ projects generally. He also gave a CIAMS Lecture the evening prior and a CIAMS Workshop on ‘Big Data’ projects on the 17th. Arbuckle’s research addresses topics ranging from the origins and spread of domestic livestock in the Neolithic to the social and economic uses of animals in early complex societies. He directs the ‘Central Anatolian Pastoralism Project,’ and has worked at Çadır Höyük, Acemhöyük, Köşk Höyük, and Direkli Mağarası (all in Turkey). The hour-long discussion opens below: