About Us

The Archaeology Society of Staten Island was formed in 1962 at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. In 1963, the Society began a series of lectures that have brought prominent scholars in the various fields of archaeology and anthropology to Staten Island. The Society affiliated with the Archaeological Institute of America in 1964 as The Staten Island Society, AIA.

The objectives of the Society are:

  • To promote study, exploration, and research in the field of archaeology
  • To conduct lectures relating to archaeology
  • To sponsor and encourage archaeological tours
  • To establish and issue publications that disseminate archaeological information
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Esther Grushkin Memorial Lecture Program

Accomplished educator. Hebrew scholar. Dr. Esther Grushkin was an extraordinary woman with a passion for learning that she shared with students of all ages. It is in keeping with this love of learning that the JCC of Staten Island Dr. Esther Grushkin SAJE Lecture Series is being established in perpetuity by the Grushkin family. The […]

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Society Teaching Award

Staten Island Archaeology Society Teacher Award   Teachers interested in furthering their students engagement with archaeology and world material culture are encouraged to apply for a $500.00 award.  Staten Island Archaeology Society members will choose 2 outstanding applicants.  Successful applicants are expected to work on a project with students (ideally at least 15), that will […]

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April 2017: Unveiling the Greek Sphinx

April 30, 2017, at 3pm             The Dr.Esther Grushkin Memorial Lecture Dr. Thierry Petit Unveiling the Greek Sphinx The Greek Sphinx always has been a fascinating topic. From the Renaissance to the present day there has been much speculation about the figure. Its encounter with Oedipus as well as the famous riddle are the main […]

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