Congratulations to Cornell’s 2015 Archaeology Graduates!

Image result for cornell commencement capThe CIAMS faculty and staff wish all the best to Cornell students being graduated with Archaeology Majors and Master’s degrees in Spring 2015
The Undergraduate Majors are Morgan Michel-Schottman, Alexander Morgan, Eliizabeth Napper, and Zachary Peterson.
And the Master’s in Archaeology are William Breitweiser, Cynthia Kocik, Nicholas Lashway, Angela McArdle, and Katherine Seufer.

Congratulations, and good luck to all of you!

New archaeology journal focused on publishing student research

From Gonzalo Linares, Oxford
The International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology-IJSRA (link to flyer) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal, edited by a team of students from more than 30 top institutions in 13 countries. The aim of this publication is to be a global reference point in archaeology, as well as to serve as an international forum for the exchange of excellent scholarship in an atmosphere of constructive dialogue and inclusivity. Ultimately, we aim to enhance the academic experience, scholarly presence, and recognition of students worldwide. This Journal accepts papers addressing any topic and time period of archaeological interest. Research may be based in any geographical area, engage with any methodological and theoretical framework, and include integrative insights and evidence from any discipline.

This Journal aims to foster global participation and to attract the submission of the best student research in archaeology, regardless of academic institution, nationality, gender, ethnicity or religion, in order to enhance international cooperation and mutual understanding. Therefore, this Journal does not charge submission or publication fees. Assistance with academic English of those publishable articles written by non-native speakers will be provided.

The intellectual property of anything published in the Journal remains the respective authors’, who are free to reproduce it in whatever way, upon acknowledging this Journal as the first place of publication.The publication of previously unpublished data should be authorised by the relevant academic tutor/supervisor.

The deadline for submissions for the first issue is September 1st 2015. E-mail for submissions:editor.ijsra@gmail.com

Call for Papers available here: https://www.academia.edu/12218246/I_Call_for_Papers_-_International_Journal_of_Student_Research_in_Archaeology

More information is available in our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ijsra

Kind regards,

Gonzalo Linares
Executive Editor of the International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology
BA Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Oxford (UK) https://oxford.academia.edu/GonzaloLinaresMatás

Strong reaction needed to avoid deep NSF funding cuts

Dear Colleagues,
As many of you will know via messages from various societies, next week Congress will debate a bill – America Competes Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) – which if it were to become law will cut NSF social sciences funding – i.e. including archaeology – by 45%, i.e. destroy its support from its already rather pathetic level. This is back to the issue of the past 18 months and is again led by Lamar Smith (R, Texas).

Please voice your opposition by calling or writing your representative; you can also send a message to Congress here: http://www.cossa.org/advocacy/take-action/.
[You will know this worked when you receive a form-letter response from your Congressman]

Some information via the Consortium of Social Sciences (COSSA) is available at: http://www.cossa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/House-COMPETES-Analysis-April-2015-2.pdf?utm_source=Need+for+Immediate+Action%3A+Potential+NSF+Cuts&utm_campaign=NSF+eBlast&utm_medium=email

As last time (late 2013-2014) we should all look to find ways to oppose and to ARGUE why this is bad thing – versus just be against or say ‘bad Republicans’. In particular we should advocate ‘why Archaeology’ as our part of this campaign.

Please write to your Representative.
Last year this worked for our local Republican. Doing nothing will only assist in the destruction of what little federal support there is for archaeology – so please react.

Thanks,
Sturt Manning

Paula Turkon, Mexican Dendrochronology

Turkon dendro MexicoNYSAA: Paula Turkon (Ithaca College), “Dendrochronology in Mesoamerican Archaeology: Preliminary Findings from Northwestern Mexico.” Thursday, May 7th, 2015, at 6:30 pm in room 208 of the Center for Natural Sciences at Ithaca College. The research is a cooperative effort involving Paula Turkon (Ithaca College), Sturt Manning (Cornell University), and Carol Griggs (Cornell University). Continue reading

CIAMS Awards Over $30,000 in Student Funding for Research and Travel

bresto headerWith the generous support of the Hirsch family, this Spring CIAMS awarded over $15,000 for archaeology-related travel to Cornell undergraduates and graduates, and over $15,000 to graduate students for archaeological research projects.  These funds will help Cornell archaeology students work around the globe, in New York, Belize, Italy, Georgia, Israel, Tunisia, and Cyprus. Congratulations and good luck to all awardees.

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.