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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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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2016-2017 Lecture Series

   The Archaeological Society of Staten Island &        The Archaeological Institute of America Staten Island Society     2016- 2017 Sunday Lecture Series   Sunday, Sept 25, 2016 at 3pm           Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Dr. Kathleen Gibson Tools, Language, and the Evolution of the Human Mind Darwin and Wallace, co-discoverers of evolution by natural […]

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