ISAW Students Receive Award from The New York Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

By Nicole Kitsberg

Congratulations to ISAW graduate students Allyson Blanck and Manolis Mavromatis for receiving an award from the Scholars Program of the New York Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). 

Allyson Blanck is a first-year PhD student at ISAW, focussing on topics in medical history such as wound care and surgery. She aims for her graduate work to develop a theoretical bridge between literary analysis of medicine and paleopathological analysis of skeletal remains. 

Manolis Mavromatis is also a first-year PhD student at ISAW, where he is focussing on the Bronze Age period in the Mediterranean, specifically Crete and the broader Aegean. His areas of interest include the Minoan Civilization, as well as the application of digital humanities to the examination of language development and urbanization. 

The AIA is North America’s oldest and largest organization devoted to archaeological research, the protection of the world’s archaeological resources, and public understanding of the human past. Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1879, the AIA has its members (professional archaeologists, students, and interested individuals) organized into over 100 Local Societies in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The AIA New York Society was founded in 1884, precisely 140 years ago, and is the largest of the AIA’s local societies. The Society sponsors events and lectures centered on archaeology in the New York metropolitan area. Their AIA-NYS Scholars Program is designed as an outreach initiative addressed to students at New York Colleges and Universities. The program promotes local young scholars in their study of archaeology, both by encouraging their engagement in activities of the Society, and by supporting their participation in a range of archaeology-related projects. More specifically, Scholars receive membership into the AIA and a subscription to the American Journal of Archaeology and Archaeology magazine; they are invited to report on their archaeological work in the Society’s Newsletter; and they attend various lecture-meetings of the Society. Each spring, Scholars are eligible to apply for an additional scholarship to support their participation in an excavation project, field school, or other archaeological research endeavor.