• Carter, Excavations at Angkor Wat

    September 2018: Dr. Alison Carter, “Looking Beyond the Temples: Exploring the Residences of the Ancient Angkorians”

    Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018 at 3:00PM Archaeological Institute of America Lecture-English Lecturer Dr. Alison Carter Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Oregon Looking Beyond the Temples: Exploring the Residences of the Ancient Angkorians Angkor, centered in the modern nation of Cambodia, was one of the largest pre-industrial settlements in the world and has been the […]

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    October 2018: Dr. Dana Bardolph, “Mounds, Missionaries, and Merchants: Cahokian Cultural Influence in the Central Illinois River Valley”

    Sunday Oct 28, 2018 at 3pm Dr. Dana Bardolph, Hirsh Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University Mounds, Missionaries, and Merchants: Cahokian Cultural Influence in the Central Illinois River Valley Long before Columbus reached the Americas, Cahokia, located eight miles outside of modern day St. Louis, was the biggest, most cosmopolitan city north of Mexico, with a larger […]

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    November 2018: Jessica Walthew, “Archaeology and Conservation: From the Field to the Museum”

    Sunday Nov. 11, 2018 at 3:00PM Jessica Walthew Objects Conservator, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Archaeology and Conservation: From the Field to the Museum How are archaeological materials preserved once they are excavated? This talk will summarize the role of conservation in fieldwork and in museums. While preservation is our first concern, conservators share archaeological […]

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    December 2018: Dr. Shara Bailey, “Making Sense of Neanderthals: bones, teeth, and genes”

    Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3pm The Helen H. Loeffler Memorial Lecture Dr. Shara Bailey, Center for the Study of Human Origins, Department of Anthropology, New York University Making Sense of Neanderthals: bones, teeth and genes Recent studies have shown that 1-4% of our DNA comes from Neanderthals. What does that mean? Prof. Shara Bailey […]

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    January 2019: Dr. Kelly Britt, “The Making of Place and Preservation Policy in NYC Archaeology

    Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3pm The Lynda Nilsen Memorial Lecture Dr. Kelly Britt, Brooklyn College, CUNY The Making of Place and Preservation Policy in NYC Archaeology Spanning from an 8,000-year-old Indian settlement on Staten Island to a 17th century Indian community in the Bronx, to an 18th century African Burial ground in Manhattan to […]

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    February 2019: Dr. Bridget Buxton, “Recent Underwater Discoveries at Caesarea Maritima, Israel

    Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3pm The Dr.Esther Grushkin Memorial Lecture *Lecture at the Noble Maritime Museum, Snug Harbor, Staten Island* Dr. Bridget Buxton, Department of History, URI Recent Underwater Discoveries at Caesarea Maritima, Israel An introduction to the recent underwater work of the IAA Maritime Unit – University of Rhode Island – Oceangate Foundation […]

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    March 2019: Dr. John Arthur, “Potters, Consumers, and Caste in Southwestern Ethiopia”

    Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3pm Archaeological Institute of America – Lobban Lecturer Dr. John Arthur, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Potters, Consumers, and Caste in Southwestern Ethiopia This ethnoarchaeological study examines how the caste system in Gamo society affects both potters and consumers as they produce and use pottery during their daily living. […]

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    April 2019: Dr. Emily Cole, “Passing on Traditional Writing in Ancient Egypt”

    MONDAY, April 29, 2019, at 5:30 pm The Dr. George G. Hackman Memorial Lecture Dr. Emily Cole Passing On Traditional Writing in Ancient Egypt While working in the per-ankh or “house of life” where vast repositories of manuscripts were kept, Egyptian scribes made every effort to transmit ancient knowledge through Egyptian history. Over the course […]

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    September 2017: Dr. Marta Ameri: “Ships from Dilmun, Magan and Meluhha:” Ancient South Asia and its Contacts with the West in the 3rd millennium BCE

    Sunday, Sept 17, 2017 at 3pm                                                  The Helen H. Loeffler Memorial Lecture Dr. Marta Ameri Assistant Professor of Art History, Colby College “Ships from Dilmun, Magan and Meluhha:” Ancient South Asia and its Contacts with the West in the 3rd millennium BCE The Harappan, or Indus Valley, Civilization, which flourished in India and […]

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    October 2017: Dr. Scott MacEachern: Landscapes of Boko Haram: History, Violence and Wealth in Central Africa (image courtesy Christian Seignobos)

    Sunday Oct 15, 2017 at 3pm                               Archaeological Institute of America – English Lecturer Dr. Scott MacEachern Professor of Anthropology, Bowdoin College Landscapes of Boko Haram: History, Violence and Wealth in Central Africa The terrorist organization Boko Haram has inflicted huge amounts of suffering on Central African communities through the last decade. In the course […]

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    November 2017: Dr. Alicia Boswell: Ritual Regalia of the Ancient Moche

    Sunday Nov 12, 2017 at 3pm Dr. Alicia Boswell Postdoctoral Fellow, Bard College Ritual Regalia of the Ancient Moche   In the last thirty years archaeological investigations on the north coast of Peru have produced a wealth of new information leading to nuances in our understanding of Moche sociopolitical organization (AD 200-800). These discoveries have […]

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    December 2017: Dr. Larissa Bonafante: Nursing Mothers in Ancient Italy

    Sunday, December 3, 2017                                                              The Lynda Nilsen Memorial Lecture Dr. Larissa Bonafante Professor of Classics Emerita, New York University Nursing Mothers in Ancient Italy The image of the woman and child is so familiar to us in Western art from representations of the Virgin Mary with the Christ child that we tend to take […]

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    January 2018: Dr. Megan Cifarelli: Sex, Gender, and Identity in Antiquity

    Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3pm                                             The Dr.Ester Grushkin Memorial Lecture Dr. Megan Cifarelli Professor of Art History, Manhattanville College Sex, Gender, and Identity in Antiquity For centuries, the study of ancient civilizations was dominated by an approach that focused on the accomplishments and lives of men, and a few extraordinary women who succeeded in masculine spheres […]

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    February 2018: Patricia M. Salmon: Archeological Discoveries in Brewing: From the Ancients to Staten Island’s Nineteenth Century Brewery Barons

    Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3pm Patricia M. Salmon Curator of History (retired), Staten Island Museum Archeological Discoveries in Brewing: From the Ancients to Staten Island’s Nineteenth Century Brewery Barons   Ancient breweries have been discovered in Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, China, and elsewhere. Let’s look at the brewing past, both in ancient times and in […]

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    March 2018: Dr. Anna Semon: Mississippian pottery production and use on the Georgia coast

    Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3pm                                     The Dr. George G. Hackman Memorial Lecture Dr. Anna Semon Director, North American Archaeology Lab, American Museum of Natural History Mississippian pottery production and use on the Georgia coast The Mississippian period (A.D. 200–1580) on the Georgia coast consisted of chiefdoms structured by a diverse landscape of […]

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    April 2018: Dr. Michelle Damian: Maritime Trade Networks of Medieval Japan

    Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 3pm                                                          Archaeological Institute of America Dr. Michelle Damian Assistant Professor of History at Monmouth College Maritime Trade Networks of Medieval Japan   This study demonstrates that despite the political upheaval of Japan’s late medieval period (15th–16thc), trade connections within the Inland Sea region actually flourished, resulting in the beginnings […]

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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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    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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    March 2017: Trying to Do the Right Thing to Protect the World’s Cultural Heritage: One Committee Member’s Tale

    March 26, 2017 at 3pm    Archaeological Institute of America – Norton Lecturer Lothar von Falkenhausen Trying to Do the Right Thing to Protect the World’s Cultural Heritage: One Committee Member’s Tale This is a personal account of the author’s service as a member of President Obama’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee. It reflects upon the purpose […]

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    February 2017: Ethnicity and Biology: Case Studies in Mexico and New Mexico

    Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3pm Dr. Heather JH Edgar Ethnicity and Biology: Case Studies in Mexico and New Mexico How do cultural trends and historical events shape the biology of populations? What are the biological correlates of culturally-defined groups? These two questions will be examined in two contexts, post-classic Mexico and contemporary New Mexico, […]

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
Carter, Excavations at Angkor Wat

September 2018: Dr. Alison Carter, “Looking Beyond the Temples: Exploring the Residences of the Ancient Angkorians”

Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018 at 3:00PM Archaeological Institute of America Lecture-English Lecturer Dr. Alison Carter Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Oregon Looking Beyond the Temples: Exploring the Residences of the Ancient Angkorians Angkor, centered in the modern nation of Cambodia, was one of the largest pre-industrial settlements in the world and has been the […]

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Bardolph

October 2018: Dr. Dana Bardolph, “Mounds, Missionaries, and Merchants: Cahokian Cultural Influence in the Central Illinois River Valley”

Sunday Oct 28, 2018 at 3pm Dr. Dana Bardolph, Hirsh Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University Mounds, Missionaries, and Merchants: Cahokian Cultural Influence in the Central Illinois River Valley Long before Columbus reached the Americas, Cahokia, located eight miles outside of modern day St. Louis, was the biggest, most cosmopolitan city north of Mexico, with a larger […]

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Walthew

November 2018: Jessica Walthew, “Archaeology and Conservation: From the Field to the Museum”

Sunday Nov. 11, 2018 at 3:00PM Jessica Walthew Objects Conservator, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Archaeology and Conservation: From the Field to the Museum How are archaeological materials preserved once they are excavated? This talk will summarize the role of conservation in fieldwork and in museums. While preservation is our first concern, conservators share archaeological […]

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