Summer 2014 Newsletter

The Archaeological Society of Staten Island &
The Archaeological Institute of America, Staten Island Society
2014- 2015 Sunday Lecture Series
Fall Lecture Update 
September 14, 2014 at 3pm 
Dr. Celia Bergoffen
Excavating a Jewish Ritual Pool in a Manhattan, Russian Bath House
Who could have suspected that a former Russian bath house — allegedly frequented by the Jewish mafia during the roaring 20s — would contain an elegant, blue-and-white tiled mikvah conforming to religious “specs” and certified by a rabbi? The excavation of the pool, which is the oldest known, demonstrably kosher mikvah in New York, shows how religious requirements translated into a ritual installation in turn-of-the-century New York and sheds new light on this aspect of Lower East Siders’ daily lives.
October 19, 2014 at 3pm
Archaeological Institute of America Lecture
Dr. Victoria Reed
Lost and Found: Research on Nazi-Era Looting and Restitution at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Nazi-looted art and masterpieces frequently make headlines and are featured in popular culture. But what is the reality of tracking masterpieces? Through a behind-the-scenes look at the process of research and documentation of seizures, thefts, and losses in Europe between 1933 and 1945, this lecture will illustrate how the MFA has conducted research on the Nazi-era provenance or ownership history of is collection.
November 16, 2014 at 3pm
The Helen H. Loeffler Memorial Lecture
Dr. Matthew Adams
Challenges and Promise in the Practice of Archaeology In Egypt Today:  A Perspective from Abydos
The modern practice of archaeological fieldwork represents a dual challenge: to undertake research that will contribute to our understanding of past societies, and to meet the ethical responsibilities inherent in working in and engaging with modern communities. This lecture will consider how these challenges can be met and balanced, focusing on recent work at Abydos, Egypt. Abydos was the burial place and likely ancestral home of Egypt’s first kings and one of Egypt’s most important religious centers. The Abydos Expedition of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts is exploring a number of major components of the site, including the ancient town, its vast cemetery fields, and the monumental record of Egypt’s early kings. At the same time, the Expedition is collaborating closely with the Egyptian authorities and working to engage with local communities to balance preservation and research efforts at the site with the needs and priorities of its modern inhabitants, and effort made both more complicated and more urgent by events in Egypt since the revolution of 2011. 
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