The Friends of the INSTAP Study Center was founded in 2004 with the goal of bringing together the Aegean Bronze Age community in the Philadelphia area through lectures by specialists in the field on topics that would be of interest to scholars, students, and the general public. Most recently, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) in January 2020 in Washington, DC, lectures were presented to colleagues on archaeological work supported by the Study Center. Jeffrey Soles spoke about the copper and bronze hoards excavated at Mochlos, Crete, while Shari Stocker and Jack Davis gave an update us on their work at Pylos in the spectacular Tomb of the Griffin Warrior. Cemal Pulak topped off the evening with a retrospective of the Uluburun shipwreck from 1982 to 2020.
Albert Leonard, Jr. serves as the President of the Friends of the INSTAP Study Center; Elizabeth Shank serves as the Vice President; Kostas Chalikias serves as the Secretary and Treasurer.
An e-newsletter provides updates on recent work in the archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age and forthcoming plans for lectures. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter, please contact Kostas Chalikias at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of the INSTAP Study Center raises funds that benefit scholars who use the Study Center and that benefit the facilities of the Study Center itself, which is visited and used by hundreds of students, researchers, and volunteers annually. The Richard Seager Fellowship and the Harriet Boyd Hawes Fellowship are granted annually to scholars who use the facilities of the Study Center for their research.
The Friends have also worked to raise money for special projects, such as our successful 2007 drive to raise $20,000 to create an archive for the Study Center. Donations from the Ms. Foundation for Women and by individuals such as Henry Davis, John Seims, and others have enabled us to purchase a new kiln for the petrography lab and a new microscope for the conservation lab and have helped us greatly with the purchase of a new vehicle to facilitate the work for the Study Center.
E-Newsletter of the Friends of the INSTAP Study Center
The Friends distributes an e-newsletter several times throughout the year to inform interested parties on recent work in the archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age and forthcoming plans for lectures. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter, please contact Kostas Chalikias at email@example.com.
First Friends E-Newsletter, September 2019
Second Friends E-Newsletter, December 2019
Third Friends E-Newsletter, December 2020
Fourth Friends E-Newsletter, Summer 2021
Fifth Friends E-Newsletter, Fall 2021