CIAMS professors Anderson and Rebillard reconstruct Cornell’s 1908 Anatolian expedition

Explorers at Arslan TaşAs reported in the Cornell Chronicle, “a sesquicentennial project funded by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Classics, led by history of art assistant professor Benjamin Anderson and classics professor Eric Rebillard, has uncovered compelling details about the men’s journey and discoveries; the information can be found on the College of Arts and Sciences sesquicentennial website; a symposium also is planned for the spring.”

Cornell represents at 2014 ASOR meetings

Cornell was well represented at this year’s American Schools of Oriental Research meetings, in San Diego, CA. November 19-22. The following papers with Cornell affiliations were presented: 

Jeffrey Zorn (Cornell Near Eastern Studies), “Bin There, Done That: Storage Bins at Tell en-Naṣbeh and the Role of the State”

Sturt Manning (Cornell Classics), Brita Lorentzen (Cornell Dendrochronology), and Catherine Kearns (Cornell Classics Ph.D. student), Chronology Building in the Orontes Watershed: From Samples and Archaeology to Bayesian Chronological Modelling and Climate”

Brita Lorentzen (Cornell Dendrochronology), Sturt Manning (Cornell Classics), Yaacov Kahanov (University of Haifa), and Deborah Cvikel (University of Haifa), “New Chronological Anchors from Dendrochronology and 14C at Dor/Tantura Lagoon and Beyond”

Lauren Monroe (Cornell Near Eastern Studies), “Rethinking ‘Biblical Archaeology’ at Abel Beth Maacah”

Kevin D. Fisher(University of British Columbia) and Sturt W. Manning(Cornell Classics), “The 2013 and 2014 Seasons of the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project (Cyprus)”

Jake Nabel (Cornell Classics Ph.D. student), “The Seleucids Imprisoned: Roman-Parthian Hostage Exchange and its Hellenistic Precedents” 

Gabriela Castro Gessner (Cornell University Library), “Exploring a hidden landscape: Preliminary results of the Chaacha Meana Survey in southeastern Turkmenistan” 

Catherine Kearns (Cornell Classics Ph.D. student), “Building an Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar GIS Approach to Ancient Landscapes: a Case Study from 1st-Millennium BC Cyprus” 

Betty Hensellek (Cornell Art History Ph.D. student), Weaving Sovereignty: A Case Study of The So-Called Sasanian-Senmurv Kaftan of Moshchevaja Balka”

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.