DACOR: American Encounters with the Archaeology of Cyprus
In the late 19th century, the American consul assembled a vast collection of antiquities. Today American archaeologists navigate a thorny political landscape. This illustrated talk will survey the complex history of American archaeologists and diplomats as they have encountered the rich archaeological heritage of Cyprus. Dr. Ellen Herscher has specialized in Cypriot archaeology for 40 years, participating in excavations and research at numerous sites throughout the island and living there for several years. She has published extensively on the Bronze Age period and on the preservation of archaeological resources. She has taught at Cornell and the University of Minnesota, and was director of international programs for the American Association of Museums. She is currently a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Dr. Herscher was also a long-time trustee and officer of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute. This event costs $25 and includes lunch.