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.
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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.