Welcome to the homepage for Cornell University’s Landscapes and Object Laboratory.
Located in McGraw Hall, the LOL is dedicated to the analysis and interpretation of archaeological materials. Our projects focus on exploring the role of the material world–from landscapes and places to assemblages and singular artifacts–in human social life.
This web site is intended to provide news of LOL events, synopses of current projects, access to public data sets, and resources for LOL team members.
RadioCIAMS taping with (from L to R): Shannon Dawdy, Kurt Jordan, Perri Gerard-Little, Chris Monroe, Nick Lashway, Cynthia Kocik, and Catherine Kearns
RadioCIAMS held it’s second “Conversation in the LOL” on Friday March 14 when we welcomed historical archaeologist and recent MacArthur Foundation Fellow Shannon Dawdy from the University of Chicago to chat about ruination, the archaeology of modernity, and the situation of the discipline in the early 21st century. The conversation proved to be provocative, illuminating, and always engaging. Listen on the RadioaCIAMS page. Stay tuned for more!
The Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies kicked off its new RadioCIAMS podcast series with a conversation in the LOL with Dr. Joanna Sofaer. The discussion ranged from contemporary movements in bioarchaeology to the secrets of long-term collaborative research.
RadioCIAMS taping with (from L to R) Joanna Sofaer, Betty Hensellek, Liana Brent, Christopher Monroe, Nerissa Russell, Alex Marko, and John Gorczyk
You can find the podcast on the RadioCIAMS website.
New press from the Cornell Chronicle on the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies:
The institute includes 18 faculty members and a postdoctoral researcher from five departments (anthropology, classics, history of art, landscape architecture and Near Eastern studies) and two colleges (Arts and Sciences; Agriculture and Life Sciences).
“The new Landscapes and Objects Laboratory (in McGraw Hall) is a striking success in quickly becoming home to many of our graduate students, but already it’s too small for the number of anticipated students next year,” Manning said.
The complete story is here: Cornell Chronicle: Archaeology and material studies institute created.
Welcome to a new semester at the LOLab. Amongst the events this semester is a speakers series dedicated to the Caucasus.
As part of the 4th Eurasian Archaeology conference, held October 11-13 at Cornell, the LOL hosted a welcoming reception for guests from across North America and around the world, including visiting scholars from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, England, Georgia, Germany, and Mongolia. You can find the full program at: http://eac.arts.cornell.edu/
This week, the LOL hosted “artifacts” from the Civilization of Llhuros as part of Adam Smith’s course “The Rise and Fall of ‘Civilization’”. Students were confronted with truly unfamiliar objects and asked to provide basic descriptive information and preliminary interpretive suggestions. For more information on the Civilization of Llhuros, see: http://civilizationofllhuros.org/.
As part of Adam Smith’s course “The Rise and Fall of ‘Civilization’”, students are examining the historical and archaeological assumptions embedded within the algorithms of one of the most popular video games of the last decade: “Civilization”. Over the course of 3 game sessions, students will examine the elements of what makes a Civilization, according to contemporary game designers, and compare this to archaeological studies of ancient civilizations from around the world.
Ezra Magazine has published a profile of Lori Khatchadourian and the LOLaboratory in their summer 2012 issue.
The new Landscapes and Objects Laboratory in McGraw Hall, built for Near Eastern studies assistant professor Lori Khatchadourian and anthropology professor Adam T. Smith, is serving as a hub for archaeological conversation across the university. The lab builds on Cornell’s strengths in archaeology and offers a new resource for the interdisciplinary work of archaeology, which bridges the social, humanistic and natural sciences.
Read the full text here.