Iron Coffin Mummy on PBS


Speaking engagements and events.



Office of Chief Medical Examiner Lecture Series. NYC.


William Paterson University Lecture Series. Wayne, NJ.


Bloomfield Historical Society Lecture Series. Bloomfield, NJ.

Seton Hall. South Orange, NJ.


Manhattanville College. Purchase, NY.


Canton Historical Museum. Collinsville, Conn.


Staten Island Technical High School. Staten Island, NYC.

Roosevelt Island Historical Society, Roosevelt Island, NYC.


Guest Host of Channel WNET / Thirteen Fundraising Drive


Netter Seminar Series at the Quinnipiac University, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. North Haven Conn. 


San Jose State University College of Social Sciences Lecture Series. San Jose, ca.

Foothill College Anthropology Department Lecture Series, Los Altos Hills, Ca.

Far Western Anthropology Research Group Inc. Lecture Series, Davis, Ca.

Mendocino-Lake Community College, Lakeport, Ca.

Tehama Genealogical and Historical Society Museum Lecture Series.

Chico State University Anthropology Department Lecture Series. Chico, Ca.


Rowan University. The Bioarchaeologists’ Northeast Regional Dialogue Conference. Glassboro, NJ.

In the News

Scott Warnasch asnj bulletin

Archaeological Society of New Jersey’s Bulletin

I’m excited to announce that my article on the early iron coffin industry has been published in the Archaeological Society of New Jersey’s Bulletin. Please contact me if you would like a copy, or go to to get a copy of the entire journal.  ABSTRACT Fisk’s airtight, metallic burial cases were created in response […]

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Death, Burial and Egypt

image from Fisk developed his coffins at a unique period in early modern history when many traditions were being challenged, fading or replaced. By the early 1800s, American attitudes about death and burial had begun to move away from the puritanical views of the colonial period and the traditional concepts of the body, soul, […]

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New York Times: This Empty Lot Is Worth Millions. It’s Also an African-American Burial Ground.

Article by Kaya Laterman The flier advertising a near-one-acre plot of land for sale in Elmhurst, Queens, looks like a typical real estate listing. The oddly-shaped parcel that abuts the Long Island Rail Road tracks is available for $13.8 million. According to the flier, the lot is a great opportunity to capitalize on the growing demand for residential space […]

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