JOEL W. GROSSMAN, PH.D. - Archaeologist
Senior Archaeological Project Manager (Ph.D.) - expert in historic preservation, cultural resource planning and mitigation for municipal, state and federal compliance mandates to the highest Department of Interior standards and guidelines.
Internationally recognized for the innovative planning and mobilization of fast-track multi-disciplinary strategic solutions for logistically challenging and time-critical contexts.
Experienced negotiator and advisor with strong national and international cross-cultural leadership and collaboration for institutional capacity building for the resolution of cross-cultural conflicts and to meet community concerns and sensitivities.
Expert in the Innovative Design and Implementation of effective Applied Technology and Geospatial Strategies for the remote evaluation and documentation of buried, submerged and/or contaminated landscapes.
Acclaimed Speaker, Educator and Author: New World Archaeology, Andean Archaeology, Archaeology of Dutch New York, Economic, Environmental & Land-Use History, Applied Technology in Historic Preservation, Geospatial Strategies in Archaeology, Emergency Response and the Archaeology of Hazardous Environments.
Dr. Grossman is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the planning and implementation of advanced applied technology solutions to expedite, streamline and enhance the feasibility of critical archaeological and environmental initiatives in logistically challenging and hazardous conditions. He has spent more than twenty-five years directing large-scale emergency rescue excavations of unexpected discoveries in the path of major development projects throughout New York, New Jersey and the Caribbean. He has served as a scientific advisor to U.S. and international agencies, including as a UNESCO scientist to the Peruvian Institute of Culture, and as a policy advisor to the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. He has been invited to speak before the United Nations, the Hungarian Academy of Science, the Russian Institute of Archaeology and the Dutch Institute of Heratige.
Dr. Grossman’s scientific accomplishments include major prehistoric and historic discoveries throughout North America, the Andes of Peru, the Brazilian Amazon, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. In Peru, after leading a series of joint US-Peruvian expeditions in the southern Andes, he discovered a 3000 year sequence of Pre-Inca ceramic cultures and early evidence of New World gold working.
In New York, he planned and directed the excavation of original shoreline residences and company holdings of the 17th Century Dutch West India Company in Lower Manhattan and that of the Colonial Almshouse in City Hall Park He has also directed major projects throughout the Hudson River drainage and the first federally-mandated investigations of contaminated and archaeologically important Superfund sites in North America. These EPA-funded emergency rescue investigations included the five-year terrestrial and marine investigation of a secret, cadmium-laced, Civil War-era ”Super Gun” testing facility at West Point Foundry at Cold Spring, and a 3000 year sequence of Pre-Iroquois settlements and the 18th century bastion of historic Fort Edward at Glens Falls.
In New Jersey, Dr. Grossman also directed many of the regional archaeological survey and planning studies of drainages for the NJDEP. This work included the development of 3D paleoenvironmental modeling strategy to target potential archaeological survivals within the now-submerged New Jersey Hackensack Meadowlands, a protocol that continues to serve as the environmental review framework for hundreds of NJDEP permitting evaluations.
Between 2002 and 2004, he planned and directed the joint engineering redesign and deep-winter archaeological mitigation of flood-damaged historic dam components of the Morris Canal Historic District. Historic-GIS was used to define, and then avoid through redesign, potential impacts to the flood-damaged National Register complex; laser-radar then captured, in six hours, the first high-precision true-color 3D LIDAR record of an archaeological site.
Dr. Grossman's current research has focused on the analysis and publication of his work in Andean archaeology and the colonial environment and foods of early 17th century New Amsterdam (Grossman 2011).
Dr. Grossman received his Ph.D. at the age of 27, as a Fulbright/Special Career Fellow, in Peruvian and North American archaeology from the University of California at Berkeley.