Historic Resources Information Survey

Attention NYAC Members,

Below is a link to an interesting article based on a survey Pennsylvania conducted with the public on their opinions on how to share information about archaeology and how to mitigate endangered sites.

Perhaps NYAC can use this information in consideration of improving communication between our members and increasing our ability to reach and interact with the public.

Other possibilities being discussed include whether NYAC should have a ‘facebook’ page and open up a weblog section on our website.

Just a thought…

Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Blog Information Survey

Albert Fulton Presentation at Albany Pine Bush

Native American, Climatic, and Environmental Influences on Pine Barrens and Other Fire-Adapted Ecosystems of New York State

Albert Fulton, a Funk Foundation recipient, will present a free and open-to-the-public talk on his research October 19th at 6:30 PM at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karmer Rd., Albany, NY 12205. His presentation is titled: Native American, Climatic, and Environmental Influences on Pine Barrens and Other Fire-Adapted Ecosystems of New York State.

Presentation by Albert Fulton

Presentation by Albert Fulton, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Geography, Michigan State University. Mr. Fulton’s research is supported by a grant for radiocarbon dating from the Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. His Ph.D. research involves environmental reconstruction for the last several thousand years in the Genesee Valley region.

Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center

Directions to APB Discovery Center: From I-87 take exit 2W (Rt 5 West, Central Avenue). Follow Rt 5 for about 2 miles then turn left onto Rt 155 (New Karner Rd). Continue on Rt 155 for about 1.2 miles. The Discovery Center is located on the left at 195 New Karner Road. (518) 456-0655.

Invitation to the NYAC Fall 2017 Meeting and Program

Saturday, September 30th, 10 am to 4:30 pm
Peebles Island State Park Visitor Center, Waterford, New York

10 am – Noon, NYAC Board Meeting
Noon – 1 pm, Board Member Lunch
1 – 2:30 pm, NYAC General Business Meeting (all are invited to attend)
2:30 – 4:30 pm, Afternoon Program: Training Session for NY SHPO’s Cultural Resource Information System

CRIS has been up for about three years now. The system continues to grow and evolve, and the SHPO reviewers have noticed some common issues. Archaeology Unit staff member Tim Lloyd will be hosting a training session to review the information available in CRIS; to discuss best practices for project submission, survey submission, and resource submission; and to answer questions. If you have an issue(s) that you would like addressed during the session, please email Tim at Timothy.Lloyd@parks.ny.gov

CRIS Training Session (62.7 KiB)

NYAC Fall Meeting Agenda 2017 Draft (44.5 KiB)

Executive Order on the Antiquities Act

President Trump has signed an Executive Order on the Antiquities Act. The Society for American Archaeology has provided a template that one can use to write their house and senate representatitves specifically regarding aspects of the Antiquities Act. NYAC is concerned about the potential outcome of such a review and urges you to contact your representatives to support this important piece of preservation legislation. Check out the letter-writing template here:


The fall meeting date and location will be determined soon. Stay tuned. You will receive a notice if you are on the subscriber’s list. If you are not enrolled consider signing up.

The Funk Foundation Grants 2017

The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc., is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting archaeological research by student, avocational, and professional archaeologists.

The Funk Foundation, Inc. is initiating a 2017 grant application and funding cycle for grants on the range of $1,000.00 to $2,500.00.  The Funk Foundation grants support archaeological research conducted in New York State or on archaeological collections from New York State.  These grants are ideal to assist portions of stand-alone research projects or studies that are parts of larger projects.  For example, Funk Foundation grants have been used successfully to support a range of services such as faunal analysis, radiocarbon dating, petrographic slides, and remote sensing.

Grant applications must be received by April 30, 2017.  The grant applications will be reviewed in a competitive process by the Funk Foundation Board of Directors.  Award decisions made by June 15, 2017.  Further information including the grant application forms is found on the Funk Foundation website at www.funkfoundation.org.   If you have any questions, please email Funk Foundation Board of Directors President Ed Curtin at ecurtin12003@yahoo.com, or call Ed at (518) 884-7102.