• 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)

  • 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.

  • SAA Call for Help from Avocational Archaeologists

    We urge USA members to talk with local avocational archaeological societies about joining CoAS. For $35/yr, CoAS members receive a copy of The SAA Archaeological Record, preliminary annual meeting programs, tables of contents of publications, and, now, an e-mail copy of SAA’s Government Affairs Updates. Most importantly in the present political climate, SAA can reach CoAS member societies with Take Action alerts, thereby mobilizing grassroots support for archaeology.


  • NYAC Fall Meeting October, 2016

    The Fall meeting of the New York Archaeological Council be held Saturday, October 22, 2016 at SUNY Binghamton. The NYAC Board will meet from 10-12. If you have an issue you wish the board to consider please email  it to Doug Perrelli, President (perrelli@buffalo.edu) so that it can be added to the agenda. The General Meeting at will meet from 1-2:45. All are welcome to attend and to discuss issues under consideration.

    The Program will take place from 3-5. The spring meeting resulted in the creation of a draft of guidelines for the SHPO’s office on culling and sampling of archaeological materials. The program will be an opportunity for you to review the draft and comment.

    NYAC 2016 Directions to Campus (9.4 KiB)

    NYAC Binghamton Map (1.9 MiB)

  • Northeast Anthropology, Archaeological Landscapes: Scale, Technology, and Emerging Approaches



    The 2015 volume of Northeast Anthropology, Archaeological Landscapes: Scale, Technology, and Emerging Approaches, is a memorial to Albert A. Dekin, Jr.  The volume is now available for order at the journal’s the web site (albany.edu/northeast_anthropology).
    This guest edited volume includes 11 case studies by Dekin’s former students. Dekin was a significant educator and mentor who trained a number of academic, government agency, and Cultural Resource Management archaeologists.  He was nationally influential in shaping CRM policy with strong input from anthropologically-oriented archaeology.  His leadership extended to the presidency of the New York Archaeological Council, numerous applied archaeology projects, and a variety of publications on ethics, training, research design, and the process of cultural resource management.  The strength and breadth of his influence is reflected in the group of contributors to the book, who, in many ways, follow his perspective that archaeological investigation should be anthropologically informed and relevant.  The papers in the volume are centered on three major themes that were the core of Dekin’s work and are central to current research in the archaeology of North America: scale, landscape, and technology and material culture.

  • Preventing Looting: What Curators and All Museum Staff Can Do

    Program:  June 29, 2016

    We are honored to host our inaugural event in NYC at The Frick
    Collection on the topic of Preventing Looting: What Curators and All
    Museum Staff Can Do, which is presented by AAMC Foundation & the US
    committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOMUS).

    This June will be the first of the Association of Art Museum Curator
    Foundation’s regional programming, In-Conversation series, which
    collaborates with AAMC leadership, and prominent voices within local
    communities for dialogues on pressing issues within the curatorial
    profession, museum network, and broader visual arts world. Through
    hosting regional programming AAMC & AAMC Foundation will further our
    initiatives of advocacy and diversity, connect members in regional
    areas, and support our overall mission.

    » Event Registration


  • CRSP co-Director Position

    The CRSP co-Director position has just been posted. You can see the
    advertisement here:


    The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Cultural Education (OCE) is seeking to fill a Museum Scientist 4, in the New York State Museum (NYSM). Under the direction of the Director, Research and Collections Division, the incumbent will serve as co-Director for the Museum’s Cultural Resource Survey Program (CRSP). Duties of this position will include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Provide day-to-day management of the in-house portion of the CRSP;
    • Oversee of all aspects of CRSP including annual program and project budgeting, project scheduling, staff assignments, coordination with client agencies, draft report reviews, equipment and supply purchases, and management and maintenance of field vehicles and field and laboratory equipment;
    • Collaborate with the CRSP co-director to assess the appropriate assignment of projects to the in-house program for the subcontracted portion of CRSP;
    • Cooperatively work with CRSP co-director to develop the annual program and the addition of CRSP projects to meet client and agency priorities and schedules;
    • Supervise in-house CRSP staff;
    • Ensure that work schedules are maintained;
    • Develop and review annual performance plans for staff;
    • Ensure that field and laboratory work meets all appropriate professional standards, including all applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines;
    • Coordinate with NYSM collections staff to accession collections in timely fashion; and
    • Collaborate with CRSP co-director to meet client, agency and NYSM expectations for public outreach and engagement.
  • Archaeology Award Winners

    During the 2016 joint conferences of the NYSAA and NYAC the following individuals were recognized.

    The NYSAA recognized the scholarly accomplishments of Tim Abel and voted him a Fellow of the organization. George Hamell, Lois Feister Huey and Paul Huey were each awarded the Theodore Whitney Commendation Award.

    NYAC awarded the Founders Award to Dolores Elliot.

    Congratulations all.

  • The Museum of the City of New York

    Upcoming public program series, Digging the Moment, about archaeology in New York. There will be three events in the series, included below:

    • Reports from the Field on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 pm – Join us for an exploration of archaeological discoveries in New York’s boroughs. The discussion will cover a wide range of “unearthed” topics, including evidence of a Jack the Ripper suspect, archaeology in a fourth grade classroom, and an archaeological survey of an abandoned homeless encampment at Pelham Bay Park.
    • The Hidden History of City Hall Park Walking Tour on Sunday, May 22 at 1 pm – Archaeologist Alyssa Loorya leads a walking tour to reveal the hidden history of City Hall Park and shares insights related to her work excavating beneath Manhattan’s bustling streets.
    • Unearthing New York City’s African American History on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 pm – Archaeologists, historians, and public officials discuss excavations focused on the city’s African American ancestors, as well as present-day efforts to bring their untold stories to the public.