Category Archives: History

Amy M. Wilson

Title: Adjunct Professor
Department: Liberal Studies
E-mail: wilsonam@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Frisbie 300
Office Phone: (518) 255-5777
Office Hours: By appointment

Areas of Expertise: Archaeology; History.

Courses Taught: HIST 103: World Civilization I

About Amy: Amy M. Wilson received her BA in Anthropology and Archaeological Studies from the State University of New York Potsdam. Then she went on to receive her first MA in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of Bristol. Her second MA is in Egyptology and Coptology, focusing on Philology, from the American University in Cairo. After receiving her degree in 2015, she became an adjunct instructor at the State University of New York Cobleskill, where she now teaches HIST 103: World Civilization I.

Education: 2015 MA, American University in Cairo, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology; Major in Egyptology and Coptology, Minor in Philology.
Thesis: Pure Ones: The wˁb and wˁb.t from the Old Kingdom to the end of the Middle Kingdom.
This project examined the development of the priestly title, wˁb or “pure one,” in ancient Egypt. Title-holders were most commonly linked to the royal mortuary cult during the Old Kingdom or to the cult of a deity during the Middle Kingdom. The outcome of my study was a chronological index of 524 male and female title-holders along with their respective title-strings.

2006 MA, University of Bristol, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology; Major in Mediterranean Archaeology.
Dissertation: From Tradition to Trend: The Development of a Tanite Repertoire of Mortuary Texts (21st – 22nd Dynasties).
This project examined the selection and deployment of mortuary texts in the royal tombs at Tanis, Egypt. While earlier tombs followed in the tradition of their late-Ramesside antecedents, later tombs were found to favor popular vignettes from the Book of the Dead. I investigated how, when and why this changed.

2004 BA, Summa Cum Laude, State University of New York Potsdam, Department of Anthropology; Double Major in Anthropology and Archaeological Studies, Minor in Museum Studies.

2004 American University in Cairo, Semester Abroad.

Academic Appointments: Aug. 2016- Pres. State University of New York Cobleskill, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Liberal Studies, Specializing in History.

Research Interests: Ancient Egyptian Archaeology, Art, and History; Egyptian Priests and Temple Personnel; Gender and Religious Practice in Antiquity; Title-Strings; Religion and Ethics.

Publications (in Progress): Submitted “Female Terracotta Figurines from Kom Wasit and Kom al-Ahmer, Egypt.” Submitted to Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, under review.

Submitted “Of Purity and Pestilence: The wˁb.w Sḫmt in Ancient Egypt.” In Proceedings of the 4th Annual Convergence Symposium, edited by B. Spaulding, M. Stoffer, K. Whalen, and C. Dolber.

Archaeological Fieldwork: 2015-Pres. Field Archeologist at Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc., USA.

2018  Surveyor and Epigrapher, Wadi el-Hudi Expedition, Egypt, ongoing project with permissions, season 4. Director: Kate Liszka.

2017 Egyptologist and Senior Supervisor, Kom al-Ahmer — Kom Wasit Archaeological Project, Egypt, ongoing project with permissions, season 5. Directors: Mohamed Kenawi, Giorgia Marchiori, Cristina Mondin, and Michele Asolati.

2016 Egyptologist and Senior Supervisor, Kom al-Ahmer — Kom Wasit Archaeological Project, Egypt, ongoing project with permissions, season 4. Directors: Mohamed Kenawi, Giorgia Marchiori, Cristina Mondin, and Michele Asolati.

2015 Egyptologist and Senior Supervisor, Kom al-Ahmer — Kom Wasit Archaeological Project, Egypt, ongoing project with permissions, season 3. Directors: Mohamed Kenawi, Giorgia Marchiori, and Cristina Mondin.

2014-2015 Surveyor and Epigrapher, Wadi el-Hudi Expedition, Egypt, ongoing project with permissions, season 2. Director: Kate Liszka.

2014 Egyptologist, Kom al-Ahmer — Kom Wasit Archaeological Project, Egypt, ongoing project with permissions, season 2. Directors: Mohamed Kenawi, Emanuele Papi, and Giorgia Marchiori.

2007-2009 Field Director at Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc., USA.

2004-2005 Education Specialist, Cultural Resource Survey Program of the New York State Museum, USA. Director: Christina Reith.

2002 Teaching Assistant and Field School Participant at James Madison’s Montpelier, USA. Directors: Matt Reeves from James Madison’s Montpelier and Steven Marqusee from the State University of New York Potsdam.

2001-2007 Field Archeologist at Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc., USA.

Museum Experience: 2006 The Egyptian Museum Registry Scanning Project, Cairo. Director: Janice Kamrin. Volunteered to transcribe catalogue entries from the original Journal d’Entrées into the museum’s first-ever database system.

2004 New York State Museum, Intern in the Archaeological Research and Collections Department. Manager: Andrea Lain. Assisted in accessioning the Swart Collection.

2003-2004 Charles T. Weaver Anthropology Museum of the State University of New York Potsdam. Director: Morgan Perkins. Designed and installed “Woven in Stone” for the Symbols of Identity: Contemporary Mayan Art and Material Culture exhibition.

2002-2003 Charles T. Weaver Anthropology Museum of the State University of New York Potsdam. Director: Morgan Perkins. Docent.

Rene Michel Descartes

Title: Professor
Department: Liberal Studies
E-mail: descarrm@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Ryder Hall 216
Office Phone: 518-255-5661
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs, and by appt.

Area of Expertise: Anthropology

Courses Taught: Full Range of Courses in Anthropology; Western Civilization Survey

About Me: Research Interests in the Origin of the State; Archaeological Theory; Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia; Egypt; Evolution of Early Cultural Complexity; Early Agriculture, particularly hydraulic applications.
Owner, with Dr. Marsha Descartes, and Operator of Beaver Dam Farms, Berne, NY, a Registered Polled Hereford operation since 1977.

Curriculum Vitae: Resume with full information on employment experience, symposium, research experience , grants, additional publications, available on demand.

Education:

  • 1981 The New School for Social Research, Ph.D. Anthropology
    Dissertation: “Karl Wittfogel and the Nomothetic Revival in Anthropology”.
    Committee: Michael J. Harner, Chair; Stanley Diamond; Rayna Rapp
  • 1972 University at Albany, M.A. Anthropology
  • 1970 University of Buffalo, B.A. Anthropology
  • Minors: Classics; European History

Additional:

  • 1998 University at Albany, M.A. History
  • 1991 University at Albany M.L.S.
  • 2011 – present : University of Manchester, UK Program in Egyptology
  • Dansville Central High School, Dansville, NY
  • FFA 1957-1961
  • Star Farmer Award 1961
  • Livingston County Public Speaking Champion 1961
  • St. Anne’s Academy, Manhattan, NY

Publications:

  • 2006 “Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Ancient Greece” in Ancient Greece, T.L. Sienkewicz, ed., Pasadena.
  • 2005 “England’s Agricultural Revolution”, in The Seventeenth Century, L.J. Taylor, Pasadena.
  • 2005 ” Reign of Montezuma II, 1502-1520″ in ,The Renaissance and Early Modern Era, C.J. Moose, ed, Pasadena.
  • 2004 “Ubaid Culture Flourishes in Mesopotamia”, in The Ancient World, Mark W. Chavalas, ed. Pasadena.
  • 2004 “Halafian People in Northern Mesopotamia” in Great Event from History: The Ancient World, Pasadena.
  • 2004 “Hohokam Adapt to the Desert Southwest”, in The Middle Ages, Brian A. Pavlac, ed. , Pasadena
  • 2002 “Agricultural and Animal Husbandry” in Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, Vol. 1, Pasadena.
  • 2002 “Fertile Crescent” in Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, Vol. 2, Pasadena.
  • 2002 “Natufian Culture”, in Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, Vol. 2, Pasadena.
  • 1974 “The Cabot Site: A Ceramic Period Occupation, North Haven Island, Maine”, Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin 14 (2).

Research and Grants: Listed on Resume, available on demand.​

Salvador Rivera

Title: Professor of History and Sociology
Department: Liberal Arts
E-mail: riveras@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Wheeler Hall 211
Office Phone: 518-255-6238

Areas of Expertise: Latin American Unification efforts, Common Market of South America (MERCOSUR), Immigration, US Foreign Policy

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