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CIAMS is an expansive and inclusive project.  We are excited to train the next generation of scholars and practitioners in Archaeology and its peer disciplines, from Art History and Museum Studies to Anthropology, Landscape Architecture, and historical disciplines (such as Classics, Near Eastern Studies, Medieval Studies), which all share a common interest in the human experience as shaped and informed through the material world.

Alumni Spotlight: Samuel Disotell

Congratulations to former CIAMS M.A. student Samuel Disotell (M.A. '21), who successfully defended his master's thesis this past December. Sam's thesis is titled, "An Analysis of Faunal Materials From the White Springs Site, a 17th-18th Century Seneca Town in Upstate New York." Sam's research interests are in ​zooarchaeology; ritual, ceremony and feasting; inequality; and Neolithic Europe. Sam was also a founding member of the Archaeological Science Group at Cornell, one of two graduate groups affiliated with CIAMS.

Click here to explore profiles of our current CIAMS graduate students, and here to view a list of our CIAMS alumni and their thesis and dissertation titles. 

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Course Spotlight: From the Swampy Land: Indigenous People of the Ithaca Area

"Who lived in the Ithaca area before American settlers and Cornell arrived? Where do these indigenous peoples reside today? This class explores the history and culture of the Gayogoho:no (Cayuga), which means people from the mucky land," begins the course description for ARKEO 2720: From the Swampy Land: Indigenous People of the Ithaca Area. This Spring 2022 course is taught by Professor Kurt Jordan, who is also the current Director of Cornell's American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP).

Click here to learn more about the course, or click here to browse our current course offerings.

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