NYSAA: J. Muller, child pathology in 19th c. poorhouse cemetery

Jennifer L Muller (Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College) gives a New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) lecture, “Nineteenth century perceptions of morality and disability: impacts on mortuary context and pathology among the children of the Erie County Poorhouse cemetery (1851-1913),” Thurs Feb 5, 6:30 at CNS 208, Ithaca College.  Continue reading

CIAMS Spring Semester Kickoff

fish pizzaCIAMS Reception: Come celebrate the new year and a new semester with fellow archaeology students and faculty. The now traditional pizza & sushi will be paired with locally obtained fine wines, cheeses, and fruit. Friday Feb 6 at 5 pm in the Art History Gallery (G08 Goldwin Smith Hall).

Liz Robinson, “From Independent Town to Roman Municipium: the integration of Larinum into the Roman State”

Robinson_ImageElizabeth Robinson (Binghamton University)  gives a CIAMS lecture, “From Independent Town to Roman Municipium: the integration of Larinum into the Roman State,” Monday Feb 9 at 5 pm  in Goldwin Smith Hall G22. Dr. Robinson works primarily on the cultural and physical landscapes of Italy in the first millennium BCE and the nature of Roman interactions with the other inhabitants of the Italian peninsula in this period. She has excavated at Paestum, surveyed in the Upper Simeto Valley, and spent several seasons with the Gabii Project. Recently she has directed a resurvey of sites surrounding Larinum.  See abstract below. Continue reading

Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS)

[From: ”Jeffrey H. Altschul” <membership@saa.org>]

SAA is pleased to announce the first cycle of applications and awards for the Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS). The SAA HUGSprovides funding for minority archaeology students to attend archaeological field schools and thus prepare for careers in archaeology and heritage management.

Few college financial aid packages cover summer lab or field training, making this an out-of-pocket expense. SAA is committed to assisting individuals realize their goals of entering careers in archaeology by offering two types of field school scholarships.

  1. 1.      HUGS Award: up to $5000 to cover program costs and other expenses incurred through participation in archaeological field training. This scholarship cannot be applied to a field school run by the Institute for Field Research (IFR). See the HUGS-IFR Award below.
  1. 2.      HUGS-IFR Award: This scholarship is provided by the Institute of Field Research (IFR) and SAA. 

 The IFR will cover the tuition up to $5000 for attending an IFR field school. Because SAA recognizes the challenges of additional costs associated with attending a field school (airfare, basic field supplies, etc.), it will provide up to $3000 for such expenses incurred to attending the IFR field school.


  1. 1.       Members of historically underrepresented minorities in archaeology, including but not restricted to African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and other non-European minorities.*
  2. 2.       Citizens or legal residents of the U.S. or Canada.
  3. 3.       Enrolled in a regionally accredited university in the United States or Canada, or if outside the United States and Canada, a university with equivalent accreditation.  

* Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders are encouraged to apply to the Native American Scholarships program for parallel funding opportunities.

The HUGS scholarship selection is overseen by SAA’s Minority Scholarships Committee.

Applications can be downloaded from the SAA HUGS Webpage.

Application Deadline: Complete applications, including letters of support, must be received by March 15, 2015.


Cynthia Kocik (Cornell Dendrochronology), “The Edges of Wood…”

Kockik CouncilHouse_JemisonCabin_LetchworthCIAMS Workshop: 2014 CIAMS MA graduate Cynthia Kocik discusses her work-in-progress, “The Edges of Wood: Dendrochronological Analysis of Three Seneca Iroquois Log Structures at Letchworth State Park, New York,” in open seminar format. Draft will be available from cmonroe@cornell.edu a week prior, so you may come with questions, and brown bag lunch if desired. Thurs Feb 5, 12:10 pm in Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw Hall).

University of Glasgow doctoral funding opportunity

University of Glasgow Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith PhD Scholarship Competition 2015/16: 

Consuming Identities in the ‘Cradle of Civilisations’ – Food Consumption and the Emergence of Social Complexity in Greater Mesopotamia
Supervisors: Dr Claudia Glatz (Archaeology/School of Humanities) and Dr. Jaime Toney (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences)

This project will shed new light onto practices of food consumption and identity in the proverbial
 ‘Cradle of Civilizations’ by investigating the role of specific organic substances in the (re-)production and negotiation of social status and cultural identities at a time when the world’s first urban societies
 developed in greater Mesopotamia. Drawing on recent anthropological and archaeological theories of
 emergent social complexity and the role of food consumption in these processes, the proposed project will examine questions of diet and food habits using a tightly integrated framework of historical, iconographic and archaeological contextual analysis in conjunction with methods derived from organic
 geochemistry to isolate and identify the residues of perishable substances on pottery and lithic tools.
 Of particular interest will be substances generally associated with socially significant consumption events such as wine and beer, whose preference may indicate social and cultural differences in consumption practices in the study region. Secondary products of livestock-rearing such as milk,
 yoghurt and cheese, will be investigated to provide insights into the relationships of settled farmers and more mobile pastoral groups and their connections with the highland regions of the Zagros. The
 question of the local production or importation of such substances will also be addressed. The focus
 region of the project comprises the south Mesopotamian plains and the Zagros piedmonts of modern-day Iraq from the fifth to the second millennium BC.

Candidates interested in being considered for funded PhD study on this project are encouraged to make informal contact with the Lead Supervisor (claudia.glatz@glasgow.ac.uk) in the first instance. Further information, including details of how to apply, can be found on the Postgraduate Research web pages:

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 23 January 2015. Applications should be emailed to Adeline Callander (adeline.callander@glasgow.ac.uk).

British Institute for the Study of Iraq funding opportunities

THE BRITISH INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF IRAQ (GERTRUDE BELL MEMORIAL) – BISI is currently inviting applications for Academic Grants and Visiting Iraqi Scholarships.

Research and Conference Grants (usually up to £4,000)   Annual Pilot Project Grant (usually up to £8,000)
BISI provides funding to support research, conferences and one annual pilot project that focus principally on the lands and peoples of Iraq. We welcome applications from the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences subjects, and topics may cover any time period from prehistory to the medieval period to the present. Under this scheme, applicants should have an official connection to a UK Higher Education Institution.  For full details and to submit an application please visit http://www.bisi.ac.uk/content/academic-grants Continue reading

Samantha Sanft and Angela McArdle share 2014 CIAMS MA Thesis Prize

McArdle pxrf obsidian guat

Angela McArdle conducting PXRF analysis on obsidian samples in Guatemala.

 Each year CIAMS faculty award an outstanding MA thesis, and this year there are two. congratulations to Sam and Angela on their excellent work. The titles of their 2014 MA theses follow, and abstracts are below.


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Radiography of shell beads from Indian Fort Road


Doctoral and Post-doctoral opportunities in archaeology

[This was posted by Erik van Rossenberg on his excellent website]:

Closing date not specified (ordered by post date)

ANNOUNCEMENT [posted 23 October 2014]
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU)
Graduate School “Distant Worlds: Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies”
Closing date: to be announced (soon?)

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