Recent Invited Conferences and Talks:
On April 20, 2013 I was invited to present a conference paper entitled "Early Foods and Medicines of 17th Century New Amsterdam: Cross-cultural Plant Population Exchange and Environmental Change in the Lower Hudson River Valley" as part of the symposium The Ecology of New York City: Organisms, Environment and History Sponsored by the Columbia University Seminar in Population Biology
In February of 2011, I was invited by the Hudson River Environmental Society to present "Early Food and Medicinal Plants of 17th Century New Amsterdam; Cross-cultural Plant Exchange in the Lower Hudson Valley." as part of the conference: Environmental History of New York City and the Hudson River, with sponsorship by the Hudson River Foundation and Pace University.
In March of 2010, I was invited by the by the Hudson River Foundation (HRF), in cooperation with the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program, to present "The Archaeology of Environmental Change in the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary" which drew on decades of lage scale excavations throughout the Hudson River Drainage to highlight the utility of archaeology evidence for the calibration of environemtnal and habitate change, sea level rise and environmental trauma.
This past year was also marked by invitations to speak before several high profile venues, including the Brookhaven National Laboratory, The New York Botanical Garden and before the Annual Conference of the Hudson River Environmental Society (HRES) and internationally before the National Institute of Heratige in Holland.
I am also pleased to mention the 2008 release of two invited chapters for the three-volume compendium of the 2008 ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARCHAEOLOGY by Elsevier/Academic Press, Oxford, England ISBN 13: 978-0-12-548030-7
GROSSMAN, JOEL W.
"Human-Landscape Interactions in the 21st Century." In Pearsall, D. (ed). Encyclopedia of Archaeology (2008), Elsevier / Academic Press, Oxford, England., vol. 2, pp. 1458 - 1476.
From: Grossman, 2007a; Figure 5; © 2007 JOEL W. GROSSMAN, Ph.D.
Human-Landscape Interactions in the 21st Century begins with a review of background assumptions and concepts underpinning, and at times obscuring, modern research priorities and debates in human ecology and landscape studies from the perspective and data limits of archaeology.
The overview describes current archaeological and paleo-ecological evidence for prehistoric human/cultural impacts affecting, and responses to, environmental change, as well as recent popular theories attributing significant episodes of culture-change to various, and at times, biblical, catastrophic droughts and floods in human history.
International case studies are used to highlight the role archaeology is beginning to play in providing new insights into the processes of environmental trauma and degradation, sudden climate change, the loss of habitats and species diversity, sea level rise, the associated spectre of inundated coastal and river habitats, and of the often parallel pattern of desertification.
The treatment also addresses the logistical and policy implications of recent discoveries of well preserved archaeological and environmental data from formally ignored contexts beneath the sea and/or under the protective land-fill of urban landscapes.
Finally, it suggests some geospatial strategies, and data, our children will need to help address the challenges of environmental trauma in the future.
GROSSMAN, JOEL W.
"Inter-Regional Studies/ Archaeology of Toxic and Hazardous Environments." In Pearsall, D (ed). Encyclopedia of Archaeology (2008), Elsevier / Academic Press, Oxford, England, vol.3, pp. 2134 - 2156.
Double click Photo to see LIDAR Scan
The Archaeology of Toxic and Hazardous Environments illustrates the use of applied technology to provide enhanced levels of data control in restricted time frames - and for archaeological challenges to the viability of historic preservation in dangerous settings.
Two examples of emergency rescue archaeology, one a Civil War complex under a contaminated Superfund site, the other a national monument damaged by natural disaster, illustrate the application of a range of applied technology solutions to emergency rescue archaeology in extreme settings.
Multiple categories of, overlapping - and often redundant - applied technology are discussed: all-weather field and laboratory operations, self-contained, "real-time" - or concurrent - data control and feedback, and the use of GIS and geophysics in tandem with advanced 3D paleo-environmental modeling to target areas of archaeological sensitivity in difficult contexts.
New classes of high speed non-contact 3D recording, single-camera computer-integrated photogrammetry and the first-generation of true-color 3D laser-radar (Lidar), illustrate the ability of modern archaeology to do justice to our cultural resources....to the highest standards, and without compromise to the quality, precision or adequacy of the data.
At the policy level, these strategies demonstrate the ability of modern archaeology to do justice to our dwindling culture history - even in highly dangerous, toxic, radioactive or ordnance-laced environments.
© 2007 JOEL W. GROSSMAN, Ph.D
Forthcoming and Recent Publications:
International Exchanges - The Netherlands Institute of Heratige
In October of 2009, I was honored to be invited - through the Dutch International Scholars Program, their AWAD (The Atlantic World and the Dutch) program on TransAtlantic contact and exchanges, in partnership with Netherlands Institute of Heritage (Erfgoed Nederland), the Nationaal Archief (National Archives), and the Dutch National Library - to participate in an international conference, “Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations” in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival in the New World. My invited presentation, “New Insights into Dutch Material Culture,” focused on the archaological discovery and environmental implications of the original early 17th century waterfront block of the Dutch West India Company on Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan.
The seven-day exchange was tightly coordinated by Erfgoed Nederland to facilitate a series of fruitful bi-lateral discussions with heritage officials, archaeologists, and experts in historical botany at the National Botanical Garden's of both Amsterdam and Leiden, as well as access to the most current research and publications in Dutch botanical history. The visit culminated with a request by staff of the National Center for International Heritage Activities of Leiden that I give a seminar to graduate students at the University of Leiden on current research issues in the archaeology and environmental history of New Amsterdam. All travel and expenses were supported under the auspices of the Dutch International Visitors Program, the Roosevelt Center, the Free University of Amsterdam and the John Adams Institute.
2011 "Chapter 8: Archaeological Indices of Environmental Change and Colonial Ethnobotany in 17th Century Dutch New Amsterdam". In Henshaw, Robert ed. Environmental History of the Hudson River: Human Uses that Changed the Ecology; Ecology that Changed Human Uses. Proceedings of the 2009 Hudson River Environmental Society (HRES) Conference (SUNY Press).