The New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) was founded to raise awareness of archaeology and archaeological issues of New York State: to provide information of general interest on the history and prehistory of New York as well as about the field of archaeology that provides insight into that history, to provide educational resources about archaeology, to provide information on the conduct of professional archaeology in New York, to serve as a point of reference for anyone that needs to consider archaeological resources in compliance with various laws and regulations that often come into play during construction projects, and to increase the awareness of New York Archaeology to the general public.
The Lewis Henry Morgan Chapter and the Frederick Houghton Chapters are proudly hosting the NYSAA Centennial Conference at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 199 Woodcliff Drive, Rochester, NY 14450. The speaker for the Saturday banquet is Dr. John P. Hart. On Sunday afternoon there is a tour of the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site (www.ganondagan.org).
The New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) is composed of avocational and professional archaeologists primarily within New York State, though some of its members can be found throughout the world. NYSAA stands to promote archaeological and historical study, and research covering the artifacts, rites, customs, beliefs and other phases of the lives and cultures of the American Indian occupants of New York State up to and including their contact with the Europeans. Recently, the Association has expanded its focus to include research upon Euro-American archaeological sites post-dating European Contact.