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Q&A with the Archaeologists "Brooklyn's Eighteenth-Century Lott House"

Why did you take on this project?
Who did you have to go through first?
Walk us through the site.
What did you do on your first site visit?
Having visited the site once, what was the next step?
Where did you decide to make your all-important first incision?
What were your research questions?
How did you know when it was time to pick up your trowel?

Arthur Bankoff is an archaeologist who has excavated in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Israel, Cyprus, and the United States. His research interests include European prehistory, especially the Bronze and Iron Ages of southeastern Europe, and the archaeology of New York City.

He teaches courses in introductory archaeology, world prehistory, and Old World prehistory. He also teaches Interdisciplinary Approaches to Archaeology and directs the summer archaeological field school. (Photo courtesy Brooklyn College)
Alyssa Loorya is a Ph.D. candidate at the City University of New York. Her research focuses on the rural-to-urban transformations and the ensuing socio-cultural implications for greater New York. Her other interests include issues of archaeology and public education. (Photo courtesy Brooklyn College)
Chris Ricciardi is a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University. He traces his interest in archaeology to early exposure to the collections at the Brooklyn Museum and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and to the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. He has excavated in the Caribbean, Bulgaria, and upstate New York, but finds nothing more exciting, informative, or even romantic than excavating in New York City. (Photo courtesy Brooklyn College)

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