In Search of the Age of Titans: Recent Underwater Discoveries in northern Israel

AIA Society Event: Staten Island

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 3:00pm

Location:
Spiro Hall 2, Wagner College
631 Howard Avenue (1 Campus Road), Grymes Hill
Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

Dr. Bridget Buxton of the University of Rhode Island will present this lecture. From the death of Alexander the Great to the fall of Cleopatra VII, the rise and fall of empires and the course of Mediterranean civilization was decided at the helms of gigantic warships, unrivalled in size and power by anything built in Europe until the modern age. This so-called  ‘big ship’ phenomenon lasted more than three centuries, making it arguably the longest and most destructive technological arms race in European history. Contests between big ship fleets were a critical factor in Rome’s conquest of the Mediterranean over the ruins of half a dozen other great naval powers: Carthage, Ptolemaic Egypt, Seleukid Syria, Antigonid Macedon, Mithridates, Rhodes, Pergamon, and finally even her own rival warlords. Remarkably, we know almost nothing about these Dreadnoughts of the Hellenistic age, and only slightly more about the land-based infrastructure built to support or to protect against them. Read more »

Contact:
Dr. Peter Russo
gilbertschneider@yahoo.com
(917) 446-2057

Living and Dying through Political Turmoil: Excavations in a Terminal Tiwanaku (AD 950-1150) Village in the Moquegua Valley, Peru

AIA Society Event: Staten Island

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 3:00pm

Location:
Spiro Hall 2, Wagner College
631 Howard Avenue (1 Campus Road), Grymes Hill
Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

Lecture by Dr. Nicola Sharrat

For 500 years the Tiwanaku, one of the earliest Andean states, exerted ideological, economic and political influence over large areas of what is now Peru and Bolivia. However, around AD 1000, the Tiwanaku state began a process of political collapse and violent turmoil during which cities were abandoned, elite authority was rejected and symbols of the state were destroyed. As with much archaeological work on political breakdown, research on the Tiwanaku collapse has concentrated on explaining why the state fell apart and the large-scale repercussions on social structure and economic systems. Yet, states are made up of groups and individuals who are affected by and respond to political change. In this talk, I discuss recent excavations (2006-2012) at the site of Tumilaca la Chimba in the Moquegua valley, Peru, a village that was established by refugees fleeing burning state towns. Drawing on evidence from burials and from houses, I explore how members of this post-collapse community rooted daily and ritual practice in state period traditions but also modified earlier customs as they responded to the turbulence of violent political breakdown. Read more »

Website: http://www.siarchaeology.org

Contact:
Dr. Peter Russo
giolbertschneider@yahoo.com
(917) 446-2057

Etruscan Influence in Ancient Europe

AIA Society Event: Staten Island

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 3:00pm

Location:
Spiro Hall 2, Wagner College
631 Howard Avenue (1 Campus Road), Grymes Hill
Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

The Dr. George G. Hackman Memorial Lecture, presented by Dr. Larissa Bonfante of NYU

The metal-rich, wealthy Etruscans in the center of Italy, with their great harbors and aristocratic society, were the goal of the Greeks who went to the unknown lands of the west in the eighth and seventh centuries BC. There they found a people more like the luxury-loving, laid-back Phaeacians of the Odyssey than the man-eating Cyclops. At the same time, a path of classical influence into northern Europe by way of Italy, acted as a funnel for innovations from the Mediterranean. The Alps were more of a bridge than a barrier: through its passes went the Amber Route leading south to Baltic, while northward travelled the Germanic runes, based on a north Etruscan script. In this lectures we will look at the way the peoples of the northeast Alpine area and the Gauls adopted and transformed artistic motifs, the custom of drinking wine at the symposium used by the feudal lords to entertain their chieftains, and the luxurious imports of dress, furnishings and table ware with which the lords were honored in their graves. Such aspects of classical civilization, along with the Greek myth and the alphabet enthusiastically but selectively adopted by the Etruscans and other peoples of Italy and Europe, were regularly transformed and used to express local ideas, customs and beliefs. Read more »

Website: http://www.siarchaeology.org

Contact:
Dr. Peter Russo
gilbertschneider@yahoo.com
(917) 446-2057

Sea Peoples in the Promised Land

AIA Society Event: Staten Island

Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 3:00pm

Location:
Spiro Hall 2, Wagner College
631 Howard Avenue (1 Campus Road), Grymes Hill
Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

The Hlen H. Loeffler Memorial Lecture, presented by Dr. Robert R. Stieglitz

Recent Archaeological evidence unearthed in Israel and on Cyprus, has shed new light on the history of the Philistines, a leading tribe in a federation the Egyptians termed ‘People of the Sea’ who settled along the coasts of Canaan. Archaeology reveals that these newcomers to the Promised Land, together with allies such as the Sikala, brought from their Aegeo-Anatolian homeland a sophisticated heritage including ashlar architecture and innovations in naval technology. Some Sea People were literate, using a syllabic script called Cypro-Minoan. Biblical narratives and Egyptian records portray the Sea Peoples as highly organized warriors. The Philistine tribe gave its name to their new homeland as Philistia (Peleshet/Plst/Pilisti) whence Greek Palaistinē gave us Palestine. Read more »

Website: http://www.siarchaeology.org

Contact:
Dr. Peter Russo
gilbertschneider@yahoo.com
(917) 446-2057

Brown Fellowship Society Burial Ground: Charleston's Famous Unknown Free Black Cemetery

AIA Society Event: Staten Island

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 3:00pm

Location:
Spiro Hall 2, Wagner College
631 Howard Avenue (1 Campus Road), Grymes Hill
Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

Lecture by Dr. Rita Reynolds of Wagner College

The Brown Fellowship Society Burial Ground was established in 1790 by a group of wealthy free men of color in Charleston, SC. In antebellum Charleston cemeteries were racially segregated. Free blacks who did not wish to be buried with slaves established their own burial grounds to allow them a degree of dignity in death. The BFS interned members and their families for roughly 150 years. Unfortunately the property was sold to the Catholic Diocese of Charleston in mid 1950′s after it fell into disuse. The remains were to be moved by the new owners of the property to a different location but only the headstones were and the bodies remained. The site was paved over and used as a parking lot for 50 years. Because no formal society cemetery records have survived anthropologist Michael Scholl and I have used Charleston city death records from 1829-1870 to illuminate what life was like for this segment of society. We were able to extract details about living conditions, gender disparities, infant mortality, overall health, medical treatment and to a lesser degree, attitudes about class and race when it came to burial of some of the slaves owned by wealthy free people of color. Read more »

Website: http://www.siarchaeology.org

Contact:
Dr. Peter Russo
gilbertschneider@yahoo.com
(917) 446-2057

Understanding Bodiam Castle

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Staten Island

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 3:00pm

Location:
Wagner College, Spiro Hall 2
631 Howard Avenue (1 Campus Rd.), Grymes Hill
Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

Lecturer: Matthew Johnson

Abstract: Understanding Bodiam Castle

Forsyth Lecture

Contact:
Dr. Peter Russo v
lectures@aia.bu.edu
(917) 446-2057

Ossuaries and the Burials of Jesus and James

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Staten Island

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 3:00pm

Location:
Wagner College, Spiro Hall 2
631 Howard Avenue (1 Campus Rd.), Grymes Hill
Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

Lecturer: Jodi Magness

Abstract: Ossuaries and the Burials of Jesus and James

Joukowsky Lecture

Contact:
Dr. Peter Russo
lectures@aia.bu.edu
(917) 446-2057

The Gold Crowns of Silla (Korea) and the Tomb of a Queen

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Staten Island

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 3:00pm

Location:
Wagner College, Spiro Hall 2
631 Howard Avenue (1 Campus Rd.), Grymes Hill
Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

Lecturer: Sarah Milledge Nelson

Abstract: The Gold Crowns of Silla (Korea) and the Tomb of a Queen

English Lecture

Contact:
Dr. Peter Russo
lectures@aia.bu.edu
(917) 446-2057

Through the Eyes of the Elder: Understanding the Rock Art of the Dreamtime

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Staten Island

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 3:00pm

Location:
Wagner College, Spiro Hall, Room C-2
631 Howard Avenue (1 Campus Road), Grymes Hill
Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

Lecturer: David Lee

Abstract: Through the Eyes of the Elder: Understanding the Rock Art of the Dreamtime

Contact:
AIA
lectures@aia.bu.edu

The World of Genghis Khan Through Archaeology and History

Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America

AIA Society Event: Staten Island

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 3:00pm

Location:
Wagner College, Spiro Hall, Room C-2
631 Howard Avenue (1 Campus Road), Grymes Hill
Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

Lecturer: Joshua Wright

Abstract: The World of Genghis Khan through Archaeology and History

Contact:
AIA
lectures@aia.bu.edu

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