PANYC 35th Annual Symposium – Thursday April 9

Please join us this Thursday, April 9th, at 6:30 PM for the
Thirty-fifth Annual Symposium about archaeology in NYC sponsored by
Professional Archaeologists of New York City, Inc. (PANYC) and the
Museum of the City of New York.

Four short talks will cover Seneca Village, the African American and
Irish village that existed in what is now Central Park, 19th-century
Irish immigrants and their practical uses of hair care products, Fort
Slocum in New Rochelle, and a large Army Corps of Engineers
navigational project.

Free to Students!
(Others use discount code PANYC10 for $10 ticket)
Pre-registration at:
Free Admission to Galleries 5:15 to 6:00 PM

For more information, please see the attached flyer

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AHA Photography Lecture Thursday, 6pm

Department of Art History and Archaeology

Columbia University
Capturing Art With Tomorrow’s Technology
Orestis Kourakis, Photographer
Spring 2013 Fulbright Artist at the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
March 11, 6:00 pm
612 Schermerhorn Hall
How can we capture artifacts with cutting edge technology, not only to preserve a cultural record of the past in an ever-increasing globalized world, but also to advance our knowledge and deepen our understanding of cultural history? In his talk, Orestis Kourakis will discuss how the photograph of an artifact must record accurately, highlight its distinctive features or qualities, and subtly provide more information than the naked eye perceives. This highly challenging process requires a sophisticated utilization of a number of techniques and technologies: light manipulation, digital infrared or ultraviolet photography, panoramic or three-dimensional photography, and robotics. The lecture will introduce the audience to art-centered computational photography, an exciting new field which stands at the intersection of art and science. Kourakis will demonstrate how innovations in the technology of photography provide an accurate and aesthetically pleasing documentation of cultural heritage that serves the needs of the professional community and the general public equally. In addition, the lecture will address the theoretical underpinnings of the field, particularly with regard to where the art and practice of photography becomes an indispensable constituent of the scientific study of the material culture.

“Transforming the Dead” seminar Tuesday 5.10pm

Columbia Center for Archaeology Seminar

Tuesday March 10, 5.10pm. 951 Schermerhorn Ext.


Transforming the Dead: Exploring Cosmology in Mesolithic burials

Prof. Liv Nilsson Stutz (Emory University)

The Mesolithic burials around the Baltic Sea are material traces of practices that constituted a prehistoric hunter gatherer word. Previous work combined archaeothanatological analysis with ritual theory. This allowed for a visualization of those past practices–and of the lived experience of the people who buried their dead in these large cemeteries. Patterns of repetition and variation in handling the dead suggested proposals about attitudes to the self, body and identity, and the reproduction of “good death.” In this paper, I build on this previous work, presenting interpretations that draw from current debates about Mesolithic cosmology, involving concepts such as animism and totemism.

Special attention will be focused on the role of bones—both those inside the graves and those removed from the graves (and sometimes extracted purposefully through cremation or other treatment of the dead body)—sometimes to be circulated or manipulated by the living, and sometimes to be deposited to accompany the dead.

One line of inquiry is the presence of animal bones in the burials. They raise interesting questions about symbolic and inter-species relationships. Another focus is placed on the transformation of the human body after death, considering the variation of post mortem transformation at different sites (ranging from a focus on the preservation of the integrity of the human body, to the focus on place of burial, and from what appears to be life like arrangements of the dead to explicit transformation of the body before burial), revealing different cultural concerns in different areas across the Baltic region.