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October 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
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Valerie Haskins, Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at SUNY Adirondack, will present a talk entitled “Mycenaeans: Beyond the Trojan War” on Wednesday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. in room 206 in Scoville Building at SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus.

The presentation is part of SUNY Adirondack’s College Lecture Series and is sponsored by SUNY Adirondack’s Professional Development Committee. The public is invited and admission is free. The talk will last about an hour.

The Late Bronze Age in the Mediterranean and Near East witnessed the rise of four superpowers:  The Egyptians, Assyrians, Hittites and Mycenaeans.  This was the age of Gods and Heroes, who are known to us through art, some literary sources, and above all, archaeological excavations.  The most famous sources are the writings attributed to Homer and Hesiod, recorded during the eighth century BC, particularly The Iliad and the Odyssey. These tales relate to us the glorious battles of Achilles, Agamemnon, Ajax and Odysseus during the long years of the Trojan War; their adventures as they returned home; and the often stormy relations between these heroes and their gods. The events described were thought to have taken place several hundred years before Homer’s time. Since all of the palaces were burned by an unknown force around 1150 BC, we are left to question:  Was there really a Trojan War?  Who were the Mycenaeans? What is the archaeological evidence?  And what have recent exciting discoveries revealed?

Join SUNY Adirondack Anthropology and Archaeology Professor Valerie Haskins as she explores these questions in her talk, “Mycenaeans: Beyond the Trojan War”.  This October SUNY Adirondack is joining hundreds of archaeological organizations around the world to celebrate International Archaeology Day.

Professor Haskins is Professor of Anthropology/Archaeology at SUNY Adirondack where she teaches several classes in archaeology and anthropology, as well as Western Civilization until 1500, Freshman Seminar, and a variety of International Studies programs.  She is a recipient of the 2005 President’s Award for Teaching at SUNY Adirondack and has also been awarded Advisor of the Year for her work with the Anthropology Club.  Currently a Ph.D. candidate (all but dissertation completed) at Washington University in St. Louis, Professor Haskins' background is anthropological archaeology and bioarchaeology, with a primary focus on the prehistory of native peoples of the Americas.  She also has international archaeological field experience (including Greece, Jordan, Guatemala and Honduras), training and consultation in forensic anthropology/skeletal reconstruction (including the Smithsonian Institution and the FBI), and nearly 35 years of archaeological research including cultural resource management (at the consultant as well as state level), public education, and museum work.  She has led many recovery teams in the U.S. and abroad, directing field research as well as laboratory analyses.  Other experience includes archaeologist for The Kentucky Heritage Council (the Commonwealth of Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office); Director of Education at Dickson Mounds Museum in Illinois; and research fellow at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution. Additionally, she has worked as a consultant in film and video for National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and other organizations.  Her international teaching experience includes archaeological field schools as well as International Studies programs to Bali, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Spain, Morocco, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, Peru and many other destinations.