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Research & Funding

A central motivation for Rural Humanities is to help humanists imagine the multiple, dynamic ways in which humanistic modes of inquiry – our research, our questions, our passions, and our commitments – can form an interface between the university and rural communities, particularly those that often seem at the greatest remove from our campuses.

Researchers in Cornell's dendrochronology lab

Research Spotlight

As part of his project, Time and Histories in the rural NE: radiocarbon, tree-rings and post-colonial timeframes and historical syntheses 1500 to 1900, professor of classics Sturt Manning is working to integrate independent scientific dating via radiocarbon and dendrochronology with the material record and humanities scholarship in order to obtain an accurate and more neutral timeframe within and from which historical synthesis is then better constructed for the communities and region of NE North America.

A resulting article, "Radiocarbon re-dating of contact-era Iroquoian history in northeastern North America," was published in Science Advances in December 2018.