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RadioCIAMS is produced in collaboration with the American Anthropological Association.

RadioCIAMS with Anne Porter

On October 6th, 2017 archaeologist Anne Porter from the University of Toronto met with a panel of CIAMS students and faculty (Prof. Adam T. Smith, Amy Cromartie, Lizzy Bews, Salpi Bocchieriyan, and Annapaola Passerini) to discuss pastoral nomadism and kinship in the ancient Near East. This episode was a long time in the making,because our regular team wasn’t available to record it. Apologies are due to the participants for the delay, and our thanks go to Gabrielle Borenstein for filling in as recording engineer last year! 

RadioCIAMS with Matthew Liebmann

On March 9th, 2018, Matthew Liebmann, a professor of archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, met with a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss his work at Jemez Pueblo, and two of his recent published works. The first was his 2017 article discussing application of semiotic theory in landscape archaeology in American Antiquity, “From Landscapes of Meaning to Landscapes of Signification in the American Southwest." The second was "The Mickey Mouse kachina and other "Double Objects": Hybridity in the material culture of colonial encounters," in a 2015 issue of th Journal of Social Archaeology. 

RadioCIAMS with Yannis Hamilakis

On February 16th, 2018, Yannis Hamilakis, a professor of archaeology and modern greek studies at Brown University, met with a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss two of his recent written works. The first was a 2017 article in the Camrbidge Archaeological Journal, titled “Sensorial Assemblages: Affect, Memory and Temporality in Assemblage Thinking.” The discussion of sensoriality, affectivity and time in this reading color our subsequent discussion of Prof. Hamilakis’ ongoing research on the archaeology of forced migration on the Island of Lesvos, and our other reading, the introduction to the 2016 issue of the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology that he guest-edited on the topic of the archaeologies of forced and undocumented migration.

RadioCIAMS with Jason De Léon

On September 22nd, 2017 archaeologist and anthropologist, Prof. Jason De Léon met a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss his ongoing Undocumented Migration Project and his award-winning 2015 book, “The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail.”  Just two weeks after visiting us at Cornell, Jason was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, also known as a Genius Grant, in recognition of his important, multidisciplinary research. The challenges, rewards, and necessity of such boundary-pushing work was the focus of our discussion.

RadioCIAMS with Lisa Nevett

On September 15th, 2017, archaeologist Lisa Nevett from the University of Michigan met a panel of CIAMS graduate students (Kathleen Garland, Tyler Wolford, Blake Taylor, Danielle Vander Horst, and Sophia Taborski) and faculty (Profs. Caitlin Barrett and Astrid Van Oyen) to discuss two of her works on Classical household archaeology. The first is "Seeking the domus behind the dominus in Roman Pompeii: artifact distributions as eidence for the various social groups," which appeared as the fifth chapter in Prof. Nevett's 2010 book from Cambridge University Press, Domestic Space in Classical Antiquity. The second reading is Ärtifact assemblages in Classical Greek contexts: toward a new approach," which appeared in Household Studies in Complex Society: Micro-Archaeological and Textual Approaches.  This volume was published by the University of Chicago Oriental Institute in 2015. 


RadioCIAMS with Felipe Rojas

On May 4, 2017, archaeologist Felipe Rojas from Brown University met a panel of CIAMS students (Jenny Carrington, Kathleen Garland, Rebecca Gerdes, Jessica Plant, and Sophia Taborski) and faculty (Ben Anderson, host) to discuss being mountain in Ancient Anatolia.

RadioCIAMS with Fiona Kidd

On February 24, 2017, NYU Abu Dhabi archaeologist Fiona Kidd met a panel of CIAMS students (Dusti Bridges, Betty Hensellek, Jeanine Hoy, Laryssa Shipley, and Jay Weimar) and faculty (Lori Khatchadourian, host) to discuss wall paintings and elite iconograhphy at the site of Akchakhan-kala in modern-day Uzbekistan. The discussion of approximately 45 minutes opens below.

RadioCIAMS with Steve Kosiba

On October 14, 2016 University of Minnesota archaeologist Steve Kosiba met a panel of CIAMS students (Kelli Breeden, Andrew Crocker, Perri Gerard-Little, Katie Jarriel, and Sam Sanft) and faculty (Adam Smith, host) to discuss materiality, constructions of value, and placemaking among the Inka.

In preparation for discussion, the participants read:

  • Bauer, A. and Kosiba, S. 2016. How things act: An archaeology of materials in political life. Journal of Social Archaeology 16(2): 115-141.
  • Kosiba, S. 2012. Emplacing value, cultivating order: places of conversion and practices of subordination throughout early Inka state formation (Cusco, Peru). In J.K. Papadopoulos and G. Urton, eds. The Construction of Value in the Ancient World. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Pp. 97-127.

The discussion of about an hour starts below:

RadioCIAMS with Matthew Canepa

On September 23, 2016 University of Minnesota archaeologist Matthew Canepa met.  a panel of CIAMS students (Gabby Borenstein, Andrew Crocker, Jeanine Hoy, Jake Nabel, Jessica Plant, Ellie Reppy, Andrew Smith, and Jay Weimar)  and faculty (Ben Anderson and Lori Khatchadourian, host) to discuss iconography, architecture, and the construction of royal identity in the Sassanian Empire.

The discussion of approximately one hour opens below.

RadioCIAMS with Fotini Kondyli

On April 22, 2016 Fotini Kondyli (University of Virginia) met a panel of CIAMS students (Sam Barber, Kathleen Garland, Jessica Plant, and Jess Ro. Pfundstein) and faculty (Ben Anderson) to discuss community in the rural landscapes of Byzantine Greece.

The full discussion of about 55 minutes opens below.

RadioCIAMS with Stephen Silliman

On March 25, 2016 UMass Boston archaeologist Stephen Silliman joined a panel of CIAMS students (Jennifer Carrington, Anastasia Kotsoglou, Peregrine Gerard-Little, and Samantha Sanft) and faculty (Kurt Jordan) to discuss entanglement and hybridity in archaeology.

The discussion of about an hour opens below.

RadioCIAMS with Barbara Mills

On February 19, 2016 Dr. Barbara Mills (University of Arizona) met with the graduate and undergraduate students taking the course Ceramic Analysis, which is taught by CIAMS professor Lori Khatchadourian. Their discussion of about 45 minutes–which considers how technological style and choice relate to the archaeological analysis of ceramic material–opens below.

RadioCIAMS with Sonya Atalay

On November 5, 2015, Dr. Sonya Atalay (UMass Amherst) met a panel of CIAMS faculty (Kurt Jordan, Ben Anderson) and students (Taylor Hummel, Jessica Plant, Perri Gerard-Little, Jess Pfundstein) to discuss activist research – scholarship that matters in the face of university corporatization.

The cartoon pictured left is the one Dr. Atalay references during the discussion.

The entire discussion of about one hour opens below:


RadioCIAMS with John Cherry

On October 16, 2015, Dr. John Cherry (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University) met a panel of CIAMS faculty (Sturt Manning) and students (Jenna Bittenbender, Gabrielle Borenstein, Chelsea Cole, Ned Fisher, Amanda Gaggioli, William Mastandrea) to discuss early state formation in the Aegean. The recorded discussion of about an hour opens below.

Special thanks to Jennifer Carrington for aiding in the recording of this podcast.

RadioCIAMS with Bill Angelbeck

Historical net fishing in the Pacific Northwest.

On September 18, 2015, Bill Angelbeck (Douglas College) met with a panel of CIAMS faculty (Kurt Jordan) and students (Kathleen Garland, Perri Gerard-Little, Samantha Sanft, and Erin Wright) to discuss the application of modes of production analysis to anarchic societies, focusing on the Pacific Northwest. The recorded discussion of about an hour opens below.

RadioCIAMS with Aaron Burke

On September 9, 2015 Aaron Burke (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA),  met a panel of CIAMS students (Jenny Carrington, Gabby Borenstein, Jess Pfundstein, Andrew Crocker), faculty (Chris Monroe), and researchers (Brita Lorentzen) to discuss his excavations at the Late Bronze Age Egyptian fortress at Jaffa, in present-day Israel. He also gave a CIAMS lecture the evening prior. The recorded discussion of about 45 minutes opens below.

RadioCIAMS with Steven Wernke

On March 27, 2015 Vanderbilt University archaeologist Steven Wernke met a panel of CIAMS students (Anastasia Kotsoglou, Lucius Elliott, Jess Pfundstein, Jenny Carrington, and  and faculty (Lori Khatchadourian, Chris Monroe) to discuss his award-winning book, Negotiated SettlementsAndean Communities and Landscapes under Inka and Spanish Colonialism.


RadioCIAMS with Ben Arbuckle

On March 17, 2015, Benjamin Arbuckle (Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) met a panel of CIAMS students (John Gorczyk, Perri Gerard-Little, Kathryn Weber, Nils Niemeier) and faculty (Nerissa Russell) in the LOL to discuss Neolithic animal economies in SW Asia and ‘big data’ projects generally. He also gave a CIAMS Lecture the evening prior and a CIAMS Workshop on ‘Big Data’ projects on the 17th. Arbuckle’s research addresses topics ranging from the origins and spread of domestic livestock in the Neolithic to the social and economic uses of animals in early complex societies. He directs the ‘Central Anatolian Pastoralism Project,’ and has worked at Çadır Höyük, Acemhöyük, Köşk Höyük, and Direkli Mağarası (all in Turkey). The hour-long discussion opens below.


RadioCIAMS with Matt Johnson

On March 13, 2015  Matthew Johnson (Anthropology, Northwestern University) met a panel of CIAMS students (Sam Barber, Jenna Bittenbender, Kathryn Weber, Eilis Monahan) and faculty (Adam Smith, Chris Monroe) prior to his public talk for the Anthropology Colloquium to discuss phenomenological approaches in British landscape archaeology and the case of Bodiam Castle. The wide-ranging discussion responded to Matt’s chapter in The Public Value of the Humanities (2012), his 2011 paper in Annual Review of Anthropology , and current issues in global heritage preservation in the wake of destruction carried out by the Islamic State. The full 57 minute conversation opens in the audio stream below.


RadioCIAMS with Liz Robinson

On February 10, 2015 Binghamton University archaeologist Elizabeth Robinson met with a panel of CIAMS students (Jess Pfundstein, Liana Brent, Nils Niemeier, and Tim Sorg) and CIAMS Director Sturt Manning to discuss her lecture the evening prior and a forthcoming work on the role of local women in the integration of Larinum (Italy) into the Roman state. The recorded discussion of about an hour opens with the link below.


RadioCIAMS with Shelley Wachsmann 

On November 12, 2014 Texas A&M University nautical archaeologist Shelley Wachsmann met with a panel of students (Brita Lorentzen, Carrie Fulton,  Xan Stepp) and faculty (Sturt Manning, Chris Monroe) to discuss deep-submergence archaeology and the overland, ritualized transport of ships in antiquity.  The panel prepared by reading Dr. Wachsmann’s chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology and attending his AIA lecture the evening prior. The recorded conversation of around 53 minutes opens in the link below.


RadioCIAMS with Peter van Dommelen 

On November 15, 2014, Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology Peter van Dommelen (Brown University) presented “Connected Communities: Undocumented Migration and Material Practices in the West Mediterranean” and joined a panel of CIAMS faculty (Sturt Manning and Chris Monroe) and students (Bonnie Etter, Perri Gerard-Little, Katie Kearns, Julia Gruhot, and Nils Niemeier) the morning of Nov 6 for a panel discussion about his talk and related articles (van Dommelen 2014 in World Archaeology, and introduction to Cabana and Clark eds. 2011). Dr. van Dommelen carries out fieldwork on Sardinia, concentrating on landscapes, colonialism and connectivity in the 1st millennium BCE. The recorded discussion of about 53 minutes duration opens below.


RadioCIAMS with Nadine Moeller

On October 6, 2014, Dr. Nadine Moeller (Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the Oriental Institute, Chicago) presented “The context of the Khayan sealings from Tell Edfu: Chronological and historical implications for the Second Intermediate Period in Egypt,"  and participated in a CIAMS podcast the following morning. The student panel was composed of Eilis Monahan, Jess Pfundstein, Katie Kearns, Bill Mastandrea, and Freddy Loew. They asked questions about the lecture and a related article in Near Eastern Archaeology 75.2  (2012).  CIAMS Director Sturt Manning introduced our guest, and Cornell Egyptologist Caitie Barrett was also on the panel. Dr. Moeller has been directing the Tell Edfu Project since 2001, and has excavated in Egypt at Abu Raswash, Memphis, Zawiet Sultan (Zawiet el-Meitin), Theban West Bank, Valley of the Kings, Dendera and Elephantine. The recorded discussion opens below.


RadioCIAMS with Jennifer Birch

On September 12, 2014 University of Georgia Assistant Professor Jennifer Birch met with a panel of CIAMS students (Perri Gerard-Little, Cynthia Kocik, and Samantha Sanft) and Cornell anthropologist Kurt Jordan to discuss recent research on Northern Iroquoian societies. The link below opens the audio recording of the discussion.


RadioCIAMS with Glenn Schwartz

On March 26, 2014 Glenn Schwartz (Johns Hopkins U. Prof. of Near Eastern Studies) met with CIAMS students Asa Cameron, Eilis Monahan, Jeff Leon, and Kathryn Weber to talk about excavations at Tell Umm el-Marra in western Syria, which have exposed a large funerary complex of rich tombs associated with local rulers in the Early Bronze Age period of Syria’s first urban civilization, ca. 2500-2100 BC.  We also discussed the piece Schwartz co-authored with Sebastian Heath (ISAW) on ‘Legal Threats to Cultural Exchange of Archaeological Materials’ (American Journal of Archaeology 2009). The full recording of the discussion opens below.


RadioCIAMS with Shannon Dowdy 

On March 14, 2014 University of Chicago archaeologist Shannon Dawdyspoke with a panel of CIAMS students (Nick Lashaway, Katie Kearns, Cindy Kocik, Perri Gerard-Little) and faculty (Kurt Jordan, Adam Smith) about two of her provocative articles, ‘Clockpunk Anthropology and the Ruins of Modernity’ (Current Anthropology 51(6):761-793) and ‘Millennial Archaeology: Locating the Discipline in the Age of Insecurity/Doomsday Confessions’ (Archaeological Dialogues 16(2): 131-142, 186-193). The full recorded discussion opens below.


RadioCIAMS with Joanna Sofaer

On Thurs Feb 27, 2014, Joanna Sofaer (University of Southampton) discussed her work on osteoarchaeology, materiality, and gender with a panel of CIAMS students (Betty Hensellek, Alex Marko, Liana Brent, John Gorcyzk) and faculty respondent, Nerissa Russell (ANTH). Recorded , 4:30 pm in the Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw).  Listen here: