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?

GraduationTwo CIAMS graduating seniors, Amanda Gaggioli and Anjum Malik, were featured by the College of Arts & Sciences as seniors “whose journeys through Cornell were remarkable in various ways.” Congratulations to Amanda and Anjum, as well as all our graduating seniors! Link opens to the College of Arts and Sciences web page.

o-SUSHI-PIZZA-facebookCome join CIAMS students and faculty to celebrate the end of the school year, beginning of summer and the adventure ahead. We’ll have wine, cheese and the proven combination of pizza and sushi. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in the History of Art Gallery (GSH G08) at 4:30 p.m.

UtharaWith her tenure as Hirsch postdoctoral associate coming to a close, CIAMS would like to thank Uthara Suvrathan for her service to the department and wish her best of luck in her future endeavors as a fellow at the Bard Graduate Center.


cohen suarez bookCIAMS Professor Ananda Cohen Suarez (History of Art) recently had her monograph Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between: Murals of the Colonial Andes published by the University of Texas Press. Congratulations to Prof. Cohen Suarez on her outstanding achievement!

Eilis Monahan, PhD Student, Near Eastern Studies. Photo by K. Jarriel.

CIAMS PhD Student Eilis Monahan was recently featured in a Student Spotlight by the Cornell Graduate School, which lauded her for winning both an NSF Dissertation Improvement grant and a Fulbright Award. Congratulations!


nascaAs part of the class Fantastic Frauds and Myths in Archaeology taught by Uthara Suvrathan, CIAMS undergraduate students  re-created the famous Nazca lines on the Arts Quad to investigate how these designs were constructed and viewed by ancient people.

Photo1Volunteers from the Cornell Tree-Ring Laboratory hosted a workshop on dendrochronology as part of the Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Cornell, a student-led event to allow 7th-9th grade girls to explore math and science and to provide them with female role models.

RadioCIAMS – Fotini Kondyli – On April 22, 2016 University of Virginia archaeologist Fotini Kondyli met a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss community in the rural landscapes of Byzantine Greece.


Artifacts - SillimanRadioCIAMS – Stephen Silliman – On March 25, 2016 UMass Boston archaeologist Stephen Silliman joined a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss entanglement and hybridity in archaeology.


Students in Prof. Lori Khatchadourian’s Ceramics class tried their hand at pottery-making in The Clay House studio in Ithaca to better understand the processes of ceramic production. Link opens to an article by the Cornell Chronicle.


In the news: CIAMS Ph.D. student Eilis Monahan won both an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant and a Fulbright Award for her research on Cyprus. CIAMS professors Lori Khatchadourian and Adam T. Smith won an NSF grant for their project in the Caucasus. Prof. Khatchadourian also just had her new monographImperial Matter, published. CIAMS professor Kathy Gleason was named a Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C. 

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…