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?

cherry poster imageOn Thursday, October 15, Dr. John Cherry (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World) will present “Archaeology Under the Volcano: Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat, 2010-2015.” The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Goldwin Smith Hall, G22. 


Angelbeck thumbRadioCIAMS – Bill Angelbeck – On September 19, 2015, Dr. Bill Angelbeck (Douglas College) joined a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss anarchic modes of production analysis in the Pacific Northwest.


statuettesOn October 6, 2015, Erin Darby (University of Tennessee) will present “Fatal Attraction: Obsession, Aversion, and the Femme Fatale in Ancient Judah” at 4:30 p.m. in 110 White Hall.


CynthiaKocikCIAMSOn October 1, 2015, Cynthia Kocik (Cornell University Dendrochronology Laboratory and CIAMS alumna) will present “Beams and Boards: Dating Historic Structures in New York State through Dendrochronology” at the monthly NYSAA meeting.


jaffa gate thumbRadioCIAMS – Aaron Burke – On September 9, 2015, Dr. Aaron Burke (UCLA) joined a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss the excavations of the Late Bronze Age Egyptian fortress at Jaffa, in present-day Israel.



jordan tchc talkOn Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at 2:00 PM, The History Center in Tompkins County will be hosting Professor Kurt Jordan for his presentation “Destroyed, Forgotten, Never Noted: Ithaca’s Hidden Indigenous History.” 


Cornell Department of Anthropology – Job Listing – Assistant Professor – Bioarchaeology. The Department of Anthropology at Cornell University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position focused in bioarchaeology. Application deadline: November 1, 2015.


Professional development for Cornell Archaeology grad students. The departments of Classics and Anthropology at Cornell are both offering resources for helping graduate students with professional development and job applications.


Khaled al-As'ad

In the news: CIAMS professor Sturt Manning on why ISIS wants to erase Palmyra’s History. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago has recently released a statement on the murder of Khaled al-As’ad, the retired chief of antiquities for Palmyra. ISIS increases the destruction of Syrian archaeological sites.

Etter teaching

Outreach: Kudos to CIAMS students Bonnie Etter and Jennifer Carrington for their volunteer work at local middle schools. Both have been working through the organization GRASSHOPR to teach archaeology, and school teachers have responded by asking for more courses.


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…


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



Workshop-leaderCIAMS 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…