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Celia Bergoffen, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor

Office Location: Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B652
Phone: (212) 217-4645
Email:  [email protected]

Dr. Bergoffen is both a professional contract archaeologist who works in the New York City area and an academic archaeologist and art historian specialized in the Bronze Age civilization of the eastern Mediterranean. She has been teaching in the History of Art Department at FIT since 1995 and has also taught in the Honors Program. Dr. Bergoffen has created two new courses and co-authored a third. Her archeology course in Israel gives students the opportunity to experience field work first hand and see how history is recovered and reconstructed from artifacts.

Dr. Bergoffen is affiliated with the University of Vienna as one of an international team of scholars studying the chronology of the second millennium B.C. in the eastern Mediterranean, and has written many scholarly articles and a monograph on this subject. She is professionally very active, presenting papers on average at two conferences every year in the United States and Europe, as well as participating in the excavation and publication of findings from sites in Greece and the Middle East. She has worked in Israel, Turkey, Greece, Yemen, Oman, and Egypt.

In 2006, the History of Art Department awarded Dr. Bergoffen the George Dorsch Fellowship to work on her publication of the finds from a major 2nd millennium B.C. site in the Gaza Strip.


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

Selected Publications

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

"Canaanite Wheelmade Imitations of Late Cypriot Base Ring II Jugs", 331-338 in: Timelines Studies in Honour of Manfred Bietak. Vol. II. E. Czerny, I. Hein, H. Hunger, D. Melman, and A. Schwab, eds. Leuven: Peeters, 2006.

"Style, Context and Chronology: Cypriot Base Ring I kraters from Alalakh", in: The Lustrous Wares of Late Bronze Age Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, Proceedings of the Cyprus Project of the SCIEM 2000 Conference, November 4-7, 2004, Vienna_. sterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, forthcoming.

"Plank Figures as Cradleboards", in: _Medelhavsmuseet Focus on the Mediterranean. Proceedings of the conference "Finds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective. Stockholm, March 31-April 2, 2006. Forthcoming.

"The Cypriote Pottery from Alalakh: Chronological Considerations", pp. 395-410 in: Bietak, M. And Hunger, H., eds., The Synchronization of Civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 2nd Millennium B.C. II, Proceedings of the SCIEM 2000 - Euroconference, Haindorf, May 2001. sterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, Band XXIX, Vienna, 2003.


  • HA 111 – History of Western Art and Civilization: Ancient to Medieval
  • HA 121 – Ancient Cities: the Eastern Mediterranean World
  • HA 393 – Art and Myth in the Classical World
  • HA 227 – Archaeological Excavation in Israel