The Center for Archaeology offers a variety of events throughout the spring and fall semesters. Formal lectures are given by Columbia faculty members as well as invited lecturers from other universities and institutions. Brown Bag seminar discussions provide a more informal setting for graduate and undergraduate students, faculty members, and invited speakers to present their research projects in process. The New York Archaeological Consortium gives the opportunity to students and faculty of Columbia and other institutions of New Work to present their summer fieldwork and research projects. Every year the graduate students organize The Graduate Students' Conference inviting distinguished lecturers and giving the students the opportunity to present their work in a formal manner. The Center for Archaeology also offers a variety of workshops given by specialists on topics such as textiles, GIS and ceramic analysis. All events are free and open to the public.

Spring 2009 Schedule of Events

Friday February 20, from 1pm – Archaeology Open House. 965 Schermerhorn Ext. All welcome, lunch will be provided.

Monday February 23. Prof. Zoë Crossland (Columbia University) – “The Dead Body and its Evidential Traces”. New York Academy of Sciences offices of the Wenner-Gren Foundation. 470 Park Avenue South (8th Floor) between 31st and 32nd Streets, Manhattan (nearest subway is #6). Reception at 6pm. Presentation starts 7.00 to 7:15pm.

Wednesday February 25, 4.10pm. Prof. Julian Thomas (University of Manchester, U.K.) – “After Material Culture” (Boas Lecture). 963 Schermerhorn Ext.

Thursday February 26, 6pm. Prof. Julian Thomas (University of Manchester, U.K.) – “The Stonehenge Riverside Project: interrogating the prehistoric landscape of Stonehenge”.614 Schermerhorn Hall.

Thursday March 5, 6pm. Prof. Kurt Jordan (Cornell University) – “Using Local Political Economy to Combat Narratives of Indigenous Decline: An Eighteenth Century Seneca Iroquois Example”.608 Schermerhorn.

THURSDAY MARCH 12, 6.30PM - Prof. Paul Mellars (University of Cambridge) - "Modern human behavioral origins and dispersal: new perspectives". 413 Kent Hall.

Wednesday March 25, 4.10pm. Prof. Shannon Dawdy (University of Chicago) – “Patina: Temporality and Social Aesthetics” (Boas Lecture). 963 Schermerhorn Ext.

Thursday March 26, 9.30am-1pm. “The Ruination of the Social and the Social Lives of Ruins”. An interdisciplinary workshop exploring the social significance and impact of ruins. 754 Schermerhorn Ext.

Sunday March 29, 10-5pm. Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave.). AIA—NYC Society Archaeology & Screen Media Program. "Celluloid Idylls: Swords, Sandals & Sex".

Tuesday March 31, 4pm. Prof. Lisa Lucero (University of Illinois) – “Maya Cosmology”. Fried Lounge.

 THURSDAY April 2, 4pm. Prof. Alice Yao (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World) – "Archaeological survey in Central Yunnan: Documenting the Rise and Fall of the "Dian" Kingdom" . (Brown Bag Research Seminar). 951 Schermerhorn Ext.

Friday April 10, 12 noon. Prof. Nadia Abu el-Haj (Barnard College) – “The Politics of DNA” (Brown Bag Research Seminar). 951 Schermerhorn Ext.

Thursday April 16, 4pm. Prof. Ts. Odbaatar (National Museum of Mongolia) – Title TBA.


Saturday May 23. 10-5pm. Collecting & Gathering: making worlds and staking claims. Graduate Student Conference. Room TBA.