Nathan Pilkington, Reinterpreting Phoenician tophets and child sacrifice

Pilkington tophetClassics Post-doctoral fellow Nathan Pilkington , “The Tophet: Myth, History and Demographic Reality,” at a Classics colloquium Tues Oct. 21 at 4:30 in GS 122.  Pilkington takes a post-colonial view of the historiography surrounding Phoenician-Carthaginian infant sacrifice, together with recent osteoarchaeological evidence and demographic modeling, to argue against the notion of ritualized child sacrifice presented in Classical sources.

Mortuary Archaeology field school, Poland, Summer 2015

The 17th Field School in Mortuary Archaeology which will be held in Drawsko, Poland, in summer 2015. If you have students interested in excavating human skeletal remains, we would be grateful for letting them know about this opportunity.

The early modern skeletal cemetery at Drawsko, Poland (16th -17th centuries AD) provides a unique opportunity for students to practice bioarchaeology  by learning archaeological excavation techniques and working with human osteological material. To date more than 200 burials have been excavated, and the skeletal collection includes various evidence of traumatic injury, infectious, degenerative and genetic disease, nutritional deficiency, as well as atypical lesions that have yet to be identified. Every archaeological season in Drawsko brings discoveries of unusual burials containing the dead with iron sickles running across their necks.

At the site students are allowed to excavate and document burials by themselves getting hands-on experience.  The professional supervision is provided by the international team of instructors from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, State University of New York, Oneonta, USA, Memorial University, Canada and Slavia Foundation, Lednica, Poland. Excavated bones serve as reference material in osteology courses worth 6 academic credits (ECTS). The language of the Field School is English.

Please find attached a poster of the 17th Field School in Mortuary Archaeology. We will be very honored if you post it on the message board of your Department and spread the information about the Field School among the students.

You can get more info about this project either at  or by contacting me directly.

Thank you for your time and attention,


Marek Polcyn
Dr. Marek Polcyn
Slavia Project Co-ordinator
First Piasts Museum
Dziekanowice 32
62-261 Lednogora, Poland
tel.: + 48614274968

Field School in Turkey, Summer 2015

Dear Colleague,

The IFR will be running our Turkey - Boncuklu field school again in the summer of 2015. We are pleased that Ofer Bar Yosef will return as a field school director this season, along with Douglas Baird and Andrew Fairbairn. Students will have the opportunity to learn excavation and survey techniques with top scholars at this neolithic site in Turkey.

Please let interested students know about our 2015 Boncuklu field school as early as you can. Since Turkish authorities require that we submit security documentation of all participants well in advance, we will only admit students until December 5, 2014.

Please urge interested students not to delay their application. 


Ran Boytner
IFR Director
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Douglass Baird
Prof. Douglas Baird

Prof. Baird is the Chair of the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.  For more information, click here

Ofer Bar-Yosef
Prof. Ofer

Prof. Bar-Yosef is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Harvard University and the first winner of the Cotsen Prize for Life-Time Achievement in World Archaeology.
For more information, click here.

Andrew Fairbairn
Dr. Andrew Fairbairn

Dr. Fairbairn is a Senior Lecturer of Archaeology at the University of Queensland (Australia). For more information, click here.

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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 have the prestige of taking home the first annual ‘CAPPy’ (CIAMS Archaeological Photography Prize) plus a book certificate. International Archaeology Day, Oct 18, is the last day to submit your photography. Anybody seeing this can vote, and you can change your vote at any time before votes are counted Oct 25.

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Sherene Baugher, Archaeology of Cemeteries and Gravemarkers

Baugher bookKudos to Cornell Professor of Archaeology Sherene Baugher, on the publication of her co-authored book (with Richard Veit), The Archaeology of Cemeteries and Gravemarkers .

“A masterful overview of archaeological work on American gravestones and cemeteries that should be on the shelf of every student and scholar of mortuary studies.”–Lynn Rainville, author of Hidden History: African-American Cemeteries in Virginia

“A landmark publication that synthesizes for the first time the massive amount of research on historic mortuary archaeology, especially monuments, across America. An essential text for many archaeologists, art historians, and cultural anthropolgists.”–Harold Mytum, coeditor of Prisoners of War: Archaeology, Memory, and Heritage of 19th- and 20th-Century Mass Internment.

Gravestones, cemeteries, and memorial markers offer fixed points in time to examine Americans’ changing attitudes toward death and dying. In tracing the evolution of commemorative practices from the seventeenth century to the present, Sherene Baugher and Richard Veit offer insights into our transformation from a preindustrial and agricultural to an industrial, capitalist country.

Paying particular attention to populations often overlooked in the historical record–African Americans, Native Americans, and immigrant groups–the authors also address the legal, logistical, and ethical issues that confront field researchers who conduct cemetery excavations. Baugher and Veit reveal how gender, race, ethnicity, and class have shaped the cultural landscapes of burial grounds and summarize knowledge gleaned from the archaeological study of human remains and the material goods interred with the deceased.

From the practices of historic period Native American groups to elite mausoleums, and from almshouse mass graves to the rise in popularity of green burials today, The Archaeology of Cemeteries and Gravemarkers provides an overview of the many facets of this fascinating topic.

CIAMS Lecture: Peter van Dommelen on the Iron Age West Mediterranean

PeterVanDomellen-650x487CIAMS Lecture: Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology Peter van Dommelen (Brown University) presents “Connected Communities: Undocumented Migration and Material Practices in the West Mediterranean,” Wed. Nov. 5 5:30 pm, G22 Goldwin Smith Hall.

Dr. van Dommelen carries out fieldwork on Sardinia, concentrating on landscapes, colonialism and connectivity in the 1st millennium BCE.

Research fellowships in Berlin

Call for applications: Visiting Research Fellowships (1 to 3 months)

The Research Center of Ancient Studies (RCAS) of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg (BAK) is accepting applications for three Visiting Research Fellowships (1 to 3 months) in 2015. The BAK is an institution of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW), the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK). It is a center for the promotion of ancient and classical studies and involves a wide spectrum of disciplines ranging from archeology and historiography to philology and philosophy, while also integrating the geosciences and other natural sciences. The BAK is closely connected to the Excellence Cluster “Topoi – The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations” with its more than 180 researchers. With the RCAS, the BAK provides a basis for international academic exchange in Berlin. For further information
on the BAK, Topoi and the RCAS, please visit our websites: and

Fellowship applicants should have a doctoral degree and have achieved scholarly distinction in any of the fields relevant to the BAK. They should present projects which refer specifically to the institutional and personal resources concentrated in the BAK. Projects should take an interdisciplinary and innovative approach. Applicants should demonstrate that their projects are laid out for the time of the fellowship and that they will be able to show some (preliminary) results from their research done during their time at the

The Visiting Fellows are expected to actively contribute to the structure and development of the BAK.

International applications are particularly welcome.

The Visiting Fellows will receive a monthly net salary of approx. 3,500 Euro. In addition, Visiting Fellows can apply for extra funding for research expenses or for the organization of conferences.

International Archaeology Day in Ithaca

Treman hotel wallThe Archaeological Institute of America‘s Finger Lakes (Ithaca) Society and The Friends of  Robert H. Treman State Park will be hosting “Heritage Day” in the Upper Park on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 1 – 4 pm. Events will include guided tours of the Mill, naturalist conducted tours of the gorge and an “in progress” archeological  dig at the site of the former Hamlet of Enfield Falls.  Excavations are being carried out by Dr. Sherene Baugher and her students and visitors are welcome. There are several new exhibits in the Mill which highlight aspects of life in the camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps as well as in the former Hamlet of Enfield Falls. The exhibits were designed and installed by students in Dr  Baugher’s museum courses (Designing Archaeological Exhibits). Cornell students also built the exhibit cases and  created the landscape models. 
Come and enjoy the beauty of the park,  take tours of the 19th century mill and the scenic waterfalls and gorge that were the highlight of a 19th century resort and are part of the state park.  

There is a $7 charge per vehicle to enter the park.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Upper Treman State Park 
105 Enfield Falls Rd 
Ithaca, NY 14850