New York Archaeology Conference

NYSAA 101st Annual Conference

The joint conference of the NYSAA and NYAC will take place on April 21-23, 2017.  The Adirondack Chapter is proud to host the 101st Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) and the annual Spring Meeting of the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC).

2017 New York State Archaeological Association 101st Annual Conference (187.1 KiB)

2017 Conference Registration (47.0 KiB)

Program Papers – New York State Archaeological Association Conference April 21-23, 2017 – Hosted by Adirondack Chapter at Lake George, New York (152.0 KiB)

NYAC Spring Meeting 2017 Schedule & Directions (250.2 KiB)

The NYAC spring meeting will be held Friday afternoon and the NYSAA annual business meeting will be held Friday evening. Paper presentations will begin on Saturday morning and continue through Sunday morning. The NYSAA annual banquet, awards ceremony and special guest speaker will be held Saturday evening.

NYAC Program

From Screen to Screen: Growing Your Archaeological Community with Video

A Workshop on Video Production and Distribution for  Archaeologists

Friday, April 21st from 3 – 5 pm

From Screen to Screen: Growing Your Archaeological Community with Video (194.9 KiB)

Call For Papers

This announcement is an open call for papers for abstracts of papers/posters on any subject of interest in the archaeology of New York and adjoining regions. Paper and poster abstract proposals should be 250 words or less. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length. One paper and/or poster per presenter, although individuals may coauthor multiple papers. All presenters must register for the conference. Abstracts, authors, affiliation and AV preferences must be received by March 1, 2017 for consideration. Meeting registration must be pre-paid by April 1, 2017, or your paper will be dropped from the program.

Please send your title, abstract, A/V preference and contact address to: Dr. David Starbuck at

Guest Speaker

This year, our banquet speaker is Dr. David Orr, retired professor from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and retired Mid-Atlantic Region Archaeologist of the National Park Service. His presentation, “Some Things of Value: An Archaeological Odyssey,” will explore the influences and inspirations, both European and American, that guided his archaeological career. This enlightening, humorous and personal discussion will touch upon Prehistoric, Classical, and Industrial archaeology, Landscape, Cemetery and Architectural studies, and the interdependence of folklife, folklore, and community in both broadening personal perspective and interpreting the archaeological record.

Conference Location

All conference events will be held at the beautiful Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, located on Canada Street in the Village of Lake George. The famed Fort William Henry (1755-1757), reconstructed in the 1950s, is located next to the hotel, and the modern conference center is nearby, providing meeting rooms for our conference attendees. The evening reception will be hosted in the newly-refurbished Tankard Tavern followed by the banquet and awards ceremony in the White Lion Room which commands a spectacular view of Lake George.


Friday, April 21st, 2:00-3:15pm, Fort William Henry, Lake George

Fort William Henry — Steve Collyer, lead interpreter at Fort William Henry, will treat us to a behind-the-scenes tour of Fort William Henry. The “massacre” at Fort William Henry in 1757, which gave rise to the novel “The Last of the Mohicans,” is easily the best-known story of the French & Indian War. The fort was partially excavated and then reconstructed in the 1950s and has been a very popular destination for visitors from around the world
ever since. Recent archaeology was conducted here from 1997-2000 and 2011-2013 by SUNY Adirondack, and the fort prides itself on its “living history” presentations that make early American history “come alive” for many thousands of school children, their parents, re-enactors, historians and international visitors every summer. Steve Collyer will  introduce you to the fort’s fascinating stories and exhibits in what will be a very personalized tour.

Friday, April 21st, 3:45-5:00pm Lake George Battlefield Park, Lake George

Lake George Battlefield Park — Dr. Lyn Karig Hohmann, President of the Fort George Alliance, will lead a tour of the Lake George Battlefield Park, which is located at the southernmost end of Lake George (on high ground overlooking the Million Dollar Beach).
The Battlefield Park was the setting for portions of the Battle of Lake George (1755); for an entrenched camp of soldiers at the time of the “massacre” at Fort William Henry; for the site of Fort George (1759), a massive British fort that was never completed; and then
for regimental camps on through the American Revolution. The Department of Environmental Conservation manages this beautiful park today, and archaeology was conducted here through SUNY Adirondack from 2000-2001 and again from 2014-2016. Dr. Hohmann will present the history and archaeology of this park, and she has many wonderful stories to tell.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2:00pm Rogers Island, Fort Edward

Dr. David Starbuck, Professor at Plymouth State University, will lead a tour of the archaeological sites on Rogers Island in Fort Edward, as well as a tour of exhibits in the Rogers Island Visitors Center. Archaeology has been conducted on Rogers Island for a
great many years, and SUNY Adirondack will be resuming its annual field school on the Island this coming summer. Walking trails and outdoor exhibits are currently being developed, and this tour will give an “advance look” at some of the future plans.


Centennial Anniversary Conference April 15-17th 2016

The 2016 NYSAA conference has come and gone. It was held this year at the Woocliff Hotel and Spa in Victor NY. It was very well attended and enjoyed by all. We still have a few commemorative plates left. If you would like to purchase one click on the icon below.

Commorative Plate Flyer (905.8 KiB)