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Celia Bergoffen, PhD RPA

Adjunct Associate Professor
Registered Professional Archaeologist

Office Location: Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B652
Business Location: 329 West 76th Street, #3B, New York, NY 10023
Phone: (917) 797-0594
Phone: (212) 217-4645
Email:  [email protected]

Dr. Bergoffen earned her PhD in art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts with a joint major in ancient Near Eastern and Bronze Age and Classical Greek art and archaeology, a related minor in Islamic art and architecture, and an unrelated minor in 20th century art history. Her particular area of academic expertise is eastern Mediterranean trade during the Late Bronze Age (2nd millennium B.C.E.) She has worked on surveys and excavations in Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Yemen, Oman and the United States. Dr. Bergoffen has published numerous scholarly articles on eastern Mediterranean as well as New York City archaeology, art and architecture in peer-reviewed journals, and has received many grants and awards, most recently a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to study and publish excavated materials in Israel (2019), and an appointment as Guest Researcher at the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in Berlin, Germany (2017).

Dr. Bergoffen is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) whose company, Celia J. Bergoffen PhD RPA, prepares archaeological assessment reports on properties in the Tristate area slated for development to determine those sites' potential archaeological sensitivity and, where indicated, recommends and directs archaeological testing and excavations. Her reports are filed at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and the New York State Historic Preservation Office.

A popular public speaker, Dr. Bergoffen regularly lectures for local chapters of the Archaeological Institute of America and on cruise ships as an enrichment or destination lecturer specializing in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Dr. Bergoffen created five new courses in ancient art for the History of Art Department, including two online. The Teaching Institute has awarded her travel grants annually to present papers at conferences in the United States and abroad and the History of Art Department twice selected her for the George Dorsch Fellowship, in 2006 and 2019.


BFA, Concordia University
MA, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Selected Publications

Archaeological assessment reports Phase IA and Phase IB filed at the Landmarks Preservation Commission (selected)

Art, theater and cabaret reviews for The VillagerThe Downtown Express and other newspapers

The Bronze Age Cypriot Pottery from Sir Leonard Woolley’s Excavations at Tell Atchana / Alalakh. Vienna: Austrian Science Foundation, 2005.

Review of Badre, L., Capet, E. and B. Vitale. Tell Kazel au Bronze Récent: Études céramiques. Bibliothèque Archéologique et Historique 211. Beirut: Presses de l'Ifpo. American Journal of Archaeology 123.2 (2019).

The Ashdoda Figurine as an Anthropomorphized Object (.pdf).” Pp. 283-293 in: Tell it in Gath: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Israel. Essays in Honor of A. M. Maeir on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday.” I. Shai, J.R. Chadwick, L. Hitchcock, A. Dagan, C. McKinny, and J. Uziel eds. Ägypten Und Altes Testament 90. Münster: Zaphon, 2018. 

"Cypriot Pottery found in Middle Bronze Age Ashkelon." Pp. 245-265 in: Ashkelon 6. The Middle Bronze Age Ramparts and Gates of the North Slope and Later Fortifications. L.E. Stager, D. Schloen, and R. Voss eds. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2018.

The Lower East Side’s Synagogue, Tenement, and Russian Bathhouse Mikva’ot and the Excavation of a Mikvah at 5 Allen Street (.pdf).” American Jewish History 2017 (101/2): 163-196.

"Schnaderbeck's Lager Cellar: A Glimpse into Brooklyn's Beer-Brewing Past (.pdf)." Archaeological Institute of America New York Society News, Jan. 2017: 7-9.

"The White Painted Handmade Ware I "Bird and Palm Tree" Krater from Enkomi." Festschrift for Stuart Swiny. Walter Crist and Zuzana Chovanec, eds. Cyprus American Archaeological Institute Monograph Series, forthcoming.

"The MBA/LBA Transition at Tell el‐'Ajjul in the light of exchange between Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean." Publication of the workshop, Material Worlds: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Contacts and Exchange in the Ancient Near East, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University, 2017. A, Hausleiter, ed. ISAW, forthcoming.

Red Lustrous Wheelmade Spindle Bottles and Coarse Ware Spindle Bottles from Ashkelon (.pdf)”, 281-292 in: R. Koehl, ed., Amilla: The Quest for Excellence. Studies in Honor of Günter Kopcke on the occasion of his 75th Birthday. Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press, 2013.

"Plank Figures as Cradleboards (.pdf)", 63-75 in: Proceedings of the Conference “Finds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective”, March 31-April 2, 2006. Medelhavsmuseet 5. Focus on the Mediterranean, 2009.

Celia J. Bergoffen PhD RPA

Qualifications, archaeological assessments and excavations

Dr. Celia J. Bergoffen

Academic CV and list of publications


  • HA 111 – History of Western Art and Civilization: Ancient Prehistory Through the Middle Ages
  • HA 121 – Cities and Civilizations: The Eastern Mediterranean World, c. 3000 BCE-1000 CE
  • HA 121 OL1 – Cities and Civilizations: The Eastern Mediterranean World, c. 3000 BCE-1000 CE
  • HA 218 – Art and Myth in the Classical World
  • HA 218 OL1 – Art and Myth in the Classical World
  • HA 227 – Archaeological Excavation in Israel