Welcome to CIAMS

The Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS) coordinates archaeological activities at Cornell through a consortium of graduate students and faculty affiliated with departments of Anthropology, Classics, History of Art, Landscape Architecture and Near Eastern Studies. CIAMS encourages research, interaction, and innovation in all areas of archaeology and material studies, and provides undergraduate and graduate instruction through its affiliated departments. CIAMS promotes diverse theoretical, methodological, and historical approaches to archaeology that inform the fundamental materiality of the human condition across time and space. More about CIAMS …

What’s happening at CIAMS?

CIAMS members have been receiving a number of awards lately! We’d like to congratulate Gabby Borenstein, Liana Brent, Perri Gerard-Little, Kurt Jordan, and Kaja Tally-Schumacher on their outstanding achievements!


For the 2016/2017 academic year CIAMS granted a total of $37,877 in Hirsch travel and CIAMS research grant awards. These grants facilitate travel and archaeological field experience as well as enabling graduate students to undertake self-directed archaeological research projects.

CIAMS Lecture Series – Felipe Rojas – On Thursday, May 4, 2017, Felipe Rojas (Brown University) will present “Being Mountain in Anatolia.” The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Goldwin Smith Hall G22, with a reception to follow.


The 2017 Eurasian Archaeology Conference is now accepting paper submissions! Abstracts should address the conference theme “Gods on the Grasslands, Myths in the Mountains” or other topics in Eurasian archaeology. For full consideration, abstracts should be submitted by May 5, 2017. (Link to external website.)

Book Talk – Ananda Cohen-Aponte – On April 12, 2017, CIAMS professor Ananda Cohen-Aponte will be giving a “Chats in the Stacks” talk on her new book Heaven, Hell, and Everything in between: Murals of the Colonial Andes. The talk will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Olin Library 107.

CIAMS Workshop – Tobias Wild
– On March 27, 2017, Tobias Wild, a visiting exchange student from Freiburg, will present his work-in-progress “Visual representations of Hellenistic rulers in small scale statues” in open seminar format. The workshop will take place at 12 p.m. in McGraw 125.

CIAMS Lecture Series – Arnau Garcia – On March 23, 2017, Dr. Arnau Garcia (IEMA, SUNY Buffalo) will present “The shaping of agro-pastoral landscapes in mountainous regions. Study cases in the North-East of the Iberian Peninsula.” The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Goldwin Smith Hall (G22), with a reception to follow.

RadioCIAMS – Fiona Kidd – On February 24, 2017, NYU Abu Dhabi archaeologist Fiona Kidd met with a panel of Cornell students and faculty to discuss wall painting and elite iconography at the site of Akchakhan-kala in modern-day


For those Cornell community members affected by U.S. President Trump’s January 27 executive order, Cornell offers resources to aid with travel abroad, legal issues, and advising and counseling. For more information, see the Global Cornell website.


Congratulations to our January 2017 graduates! CIAMS MA students Jenna Bittenbender, Ned Fischer, Louisa Nash, and Emily Stanton completed their degrees, and CIAMS-affiliated student Beth Ryan finished her PhD in the Anthropology department. Best of luck in your future endeavors!


witchcraft460The Cornell Chronicle featured the work of CIAMS alumna Freddy Loew, whose collaborative research at the Cornell Library’s Rare and Manuscript Collections revealed the bloody truth behind a 16th century German book of charms. Link to external website.


cohen suarez bookCIAMS Faculty Recent Publications: Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between: Murals of the Colonial Andes by Ananda Cohen Aponte. How Things Make History: The Roman Empire and its Terra Sigillata Pottery by Astrid van Oyen. PALMYRA 1885: The Wolfe Expedition and the Photographs of John Henry Haynes by Ben Anderson.

RadioCIAMS: Our podcast series, wherein we probe critical debates in archaeology in conversation between leading practitioners and the next generation of researchers. Latest podcasts here…


public-speaker-clipart-1CIAMS Lectures: We bring archaeological practitioners from around the country and the world to share current approaches with our students. Latest lectures here…




CIAMS WorkshopsCornell graduate students and faculty discuss their works-in-progress with colleagues and students, lending insights into how archaeological research is conceived and disseminated. Latest workshops here…