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?

pizzaArchaeology and Classics Pizza Dinner. Join archaeology students and faculty to eat free pizza, get to know each other, and learn more about ancient studies at Cornell. Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. in the LOLab (McGraw 125). 


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CIAMS 2015 Welcome Back Reception. Come and help CIAMS students and faculty kick off the start of a great academic year!  Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the History of Art lounge (Goldwin Smith G08).



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.


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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.

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The CIAMS faculty and staff wish all the best to Cornell students being graduated with Archaeology Majors and Master’s degrees in Spring 2015



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With generous support of the Hirsch family, CIAMS awarded over $15,000 for travel to Cornell Archaeology undergraduates and graduates, and over $15,000 to graduate students for research projects, in New York, Belize, Italy, Georgia, Israel, Tunisia, and Cyprus. Good luck out there!

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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…