Collambay, located in the chaupiyunga zone of the Moche Valley in northern Peru, sits on the eastern frontier of the coastal Chimú empire and was home to an Inca King’s coca fields. Archaeological, ethnohistorical and linguistic data from Collambay indicates its residents interacted with the coastal Chimú Empire, local Highland groups, and Inca Empire throughout the Late Andean Period (AD 1000-1470).
The Lower Mississippi Valley is among the richest archaeological regions on the continent. Home to thousands of earthern mounds, it contains both the oldest and some of the most elaborate monumental architecture in North America. The Coles Creek culture (AD 700–1000) existed during a particularly dynamic period in Lower Mississippi Valley history, when the construction of platform mounds became common place, people first began relying on domesticated plants, and a hierarchical sociopolitical system began to develop.
The Hellenistic period, the three centuries between the death of Alexander the Great of Macedon in 323 BC and the establishment of the Roman Empire at the end of the first century BC, was a critical era in the history of Greek art that has traditionally received less attention than earlier periods. This major international loan exhibition examines the rich diversity of art forms that arose through the patronage of the royal courts of the Hellenistic Kingdoms. Special emphasis is placed on Pergamon, capital of the Attalid dynasty which ruled over large parts of Asia Minor.
The shocking recent cases of art forgery, as well as provenance forgery in instances of archaeology, have cast into light the fragile foundations of our system of knowledge for understanding the origins and makers of the world’s most coveted art objects. This lecture illuminates the structure of how the art world agrees to know what it knows, and how contentious that proposition can be. Dr. Taylor will highlight the trajectory of major authenticity scandals from the case of the Hahn “Leonardo” to the recent German prosecution of Wolfgang Beltracchi.
This event will be a workshop day for the local Staten Island community at the Staten Island Museum, sponsored in part by the Staten Island Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Students from local High Schools in particular will spend the day working with archaeologists, curators, and museum professionals to learn about how archaeologists and museum cooperate to preserve world heritage. The event is also open to teachers and other community members interested in learning about archaeology and museums.
In January 1928 Leonard Woolley, excavating at the site of Ur in Iraq, announced one of the most spectacular archaeological finds of all time: the tomb of Queen Pu-Abi. Dressed in gold and carnelian and accompanied to her grave by a retinue of attendants, the burial was an elaborate and expensive affair, and its discovery made international headlines. But Woolley wrote, too, of a touchingly human side to this Mesopotamian Queen: her tomb was carefully arranged next to that of her husband.