Archaeology Lunch (Free Pizza!)

Archaeo lunchThe undergraduate Archaeology Program is hosting a pizza lunch for all those interested in archaeology at Cornell (minors, majors, faculty, etc.). Friday Dec. 5 at 1 pm in the Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw Hall).

RadioCIAMS: Shelley Wachsmann on deep-submergence archaeology and wheeled ships

 group shotOn November 12, 2014 Texas A&M University nautical archaeologist Shelley Wachsmann met with a panel of students (Brita Lorentzen, Carrie Fulton,  Xan Stepp) and faculty (Sturt Manning, Chris Monroe) to discuss deep-submergence archaeology and the overland, ritualized transport of ships in antiquity.  The panel prepared by reading Dr. Wachsmann’s chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology and attending his AIA lecture the evening prior. The recorded conversation of around 53 minutes opens in the link below.

RadioCIAMS: Peter van Dommelen (Brown University) on mobility, migration, and archaeology in Sardinia

pvandomm_thumbProfessor of Archaeology and Anthropology Peter van Dommelen (Brown University) presented “Connected Communities: Undocumented Migration and Material Practices in the West Mediterranean,” Wed. Nov. 5  and joined a panel of CIAMS faculty (Sturt Manning and Chris Monroe) and students (Bonnie Etter, Perri Gerard-Little, Katie Kearns, Julia Gruhot, and Nils Niemeier) the morning of Nov 6 for a panel discussion about his talk and related articles (van Dommelen 2014 in World Archaeology, and introduction to Cabana and Clark eds. 2011). Dr. van Dommelen carries out fieldwork on Sardinia, concentrating on landscapes, colonialism and connectivity in the 1st millennium BCE. The recorded discussion of about 53 minutes duration opens below.

TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) Conference in New York City 2015

TAG 2015North American Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference
New York University in the City of New York

May 22-24, 2015

Call for Sessions and Papers 

New York University is proud to announce that it will host the 7thannual North American TAG conference in 2015!
Taking inspiration from the itinerant nature of the meetings themselves, the theme for 2015’s conference is MOVEMENT. 

While explaining the movement of past technologies, people, and ideas is a fundamental aspect of archaeological theory, archaeology is itself a mobile profession, and as such, movement plays a role not just in our understanding of the past but also in our very practice. Moreover, current trends in social media and publishing are changing the movement of ideas and theory throughout the archaeological world. We invite session and paper proposals that explore the full-range of movement in archaeology and are excited to see the creative potential the concept of movement inspires!

Deadline for session abstracts: November 30, 2014

Deadline for paper abstracts: January 31, 2015

For more information please contact Dr. Pam Crabtree at 

Note: Session abstracts should be sent to  Paper abstracts for particular sessions should be submitted directly to the session organizer.  If you would like to present a paper, but do not have a session, please send the paper abstract to our general inquiries address.  Participants are allowed to submit up to 2 paper abstracts.

Susan Allen, Classical Spies: American Archaeologists in WWII Greece

Susan AllenBrown University Visiting Scholar Susan H. Allen discusses her recent book, Classical Spies, Thurs Nov 13, 4:30 in Goldwin Smith 122.
Allen’s book is the first insiders’ account of the operations of the American intelligence service in World War II Greece. Initiated by archaeologists in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean, the network drew on scholars’ personal contacts and knowledge of languages and terrain. While modern readers might think Indiana Jones is just a fantasy character, Classical Spies discloses events where even Indy would feel at home: burying Athenian dig records in an Egyptian tomb, activating prep-school connections to establish spies code-named Vulture and Chickadee, and organizing parachute drops. 
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES), the Classics Department, Near Eastern Studies, and Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS).


CIAMS Workshop: Ben Anderson (Art History), ”’An alternative discourse’: local interpreters of antiquities in the Ottoman Empire”

Ortakoy EskishehirCornell Art History Assistant Professor Ben Anderson discusses his work in progress, “‘An alternative discourse’: local interpreters of antiquities in the Ottoman Empire,” in open forum/workshop. Bringing own lunch encouraged. Fri Nov 14 , 2014 at 12:00,  Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw). Reading distributed to CIAMS members via email; send request to Part of the CIAMS Workshop series.

Fellowships for archaeological fieldwork in UAE

The School of Humanities at the University of New England (UNE), Australia, has recently signed an agreement to lead a 3-year programme of collaborative fieldwork and post-excavation research at the prehistoric site of Saruq al-Hadid, U.A.E. This multi-period site located in the desert region of Dubai, is characterised by abundant material remains, including many thousands of copper, gold and iron alloy artefacts and primary smelting slags, dating principally to the Iron Age.

UNE is recruiting to two Post-Doctoral/Junior Research fellowships and offering two International PhD Studentships to underpin the Saruq al-Hadid Archaeological Research Project (SHARP).

Full details of the Post-Doctoral/Junior Research Fellowships are advertised at: (CLOSING DATE NOVEMBER 12TH)
Full details of the PhD studentships are advertised at: (CLOSING DATENOVEMBER 20TH)

Brief details of the positions are as follows:

1) Post-Doctoral or Junior Research Fellow – SHARP FIELD DIRECTOR
The successful candidate will direct fieldwork at Saruq al-Hadid and contribute to the analysis and collaborative publication of the project results. Applicants should have broad experience of undertaking and supervising archaeological fieldwork in Arabia and/or the Near East, preferably at the level of Field Director, and an Honours level degree or higher in Archaeology. Experience in the excavation of ephemeral sites and/or sites with a metallurgical component will be an advantage.

2) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – SHARP ANALYTICAL DIRECTOR
The Analytical Director will work as a part of the SHARP team, playing a key role in undertaking and coordinating the multi-stranded archaeometallurgical programme focusing on the analysis of copper, gold and iron alloys and smelting slags. Applicants should have a PhD in archaeometallurgy, preferably with a focus on Arabia and/or the ancient Near East, and expertise in the compositional, microstructural, and/or isotopic analysis of a range of metallurgical artefacts and residues.

These are fixed term fellowships available for 3 years from the date of appointment. Successful applicants will be based at UNE’s Armidale campus as part of the Archaeological Materials Science Hub, as well as spending several months each year working in the field in Dubai.

3) International PhD Studentships (x2)
These fully funded (fees and stipend) 3-year PhD studentships are available to international or Australian domestic students and will be based at UNE’s Armidale campus. PhD researchers will support the overall SHARP research priorities by investigating particular material components of the site’s archaeological assemblages. Students should have Honours or Masters level qualifications with an archaeological materials science component, ideally in archaeometallurgy, and will undertake a substantial research project under the direction of the SHARP leadership team. Previous research experience in Arabia and/or the ancient Near East will be an advantage.

American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) fellowships

ARISC Junior Research Fellowship

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate student, postdoctoral and junior scholar fellowships in support of research and mentoring activities in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia).

The goals of the fellowship are 1) to support research in and the study of the South Caucasus; 2) to select, recognize and financially support individuals early in their careers who demonstrate high potential to contribute to research in this region; 3) to support a mentoring relationship that will both develop the academic skills of the mentee and strengthen ties between the US and host country.  Projects in all fields in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are eligible, but all projects must include one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia as research assistants/participants.  Research awards will be made for a maximum of
$5000 each to help cover travel, living, and research expenses in the South Caucasus; an additional $500 may be made available for fellows to offset necessary expenses related to incorporating an undergraduate or graduate student in the host country in their research program.  For ARISC grant purposes, mentoring is understood to involve integrating a local scholar into a research project in a fundamental way that involves cultivating skills and knowledge of methods that will contribute to the professional development of the local scholar. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus.

 Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 1500 words, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Tuesday, December 23, 2014, to info “at” Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted.  Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from your referee via email to info “at”  All information must be received by Tuesday, December 23, 2014, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.

  ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.

For the application form and the full call, please visit

A. Cohen Suarez, “Beyond the Frame: Murals of the Colonial Andes in Context.”

Dear Members and Friends of the Finger Lakes NYSAA Chapter,

 Our next NYSAA meeting and lecture will be Thursday, November 6, at 6:30 pm in Room 208 of Ithaca College’s Center for Natural Sciences.  Our speaker will be Ananda Cohen Suarez (History of Art, Cornell), who will present “Beyond the Frame: Murals of the Colonial Andes in Context.”


Mural painting served as one of the earliest forms of religious artistic expression during the period of Spanish colonial rule (1532-1824). Religious murals served as important tools in the evangelization of non-literate Andean peoples; didactic depictions of key doctrinal images facilitated the transmission of Christianity without recourse to the written word. This presentation draws on seven years of field and archival research and will focus on a series of case studies of 17th and 18th-century murals located in rural parish churches in the Cuzco region of Peru. In much of the current scholarly literature on painting in colonial Peru, murals are often treated as synonymous with paintings on canvas. Print publications further exploit this artificial conflation through the strategic cropping of photographs of murals within their respective spatial environments into neat squares and rectangles that assign them artificial borders and frames. This presentation re-situates colonial murals within their respective geographic, historical, and cultural contexts to understand their role as both persuasive expressions of the Catholic faith and as visual archives poised to communicate local beliefs and concepts.


Upcoming NYSAA talks:

December 4, 2014: Roald Hoffmann (Chemistry, Cornell): Protochemistries are a bridge

February 5, 2015: Jennifer Muller (Dept. Anthropology, Ithaca College): title TBA (Bioarchaeology of the poor and disenfranchised)

Other local talks of archaeological interest can be found on the CIAMS website:

A always, please let me know if you no longer wish to receive notices from the FLC NYSAA, or if you need a ride to next Thursday’s talk.


Laura W. Johnson-Kelly
President, Finger Lakes Chapter of the NY State Archaeological Association
Collection Manager and Head Conservator/Photographer
The Jonathan and Jeannette Rosen
Cuneiform Tablet Conservation Laboratory
Cornell University
726 University Avenue, Rm 103
Ithaca, NY 14850-3995