NYAC: New York Archaeological Council

Call for Nominations

Concerned About Threats to Cultural Resources?

Unsettled by Regulatory Erosion and that Rumbling in the Foundations of CRM?
It Truly is Time to Get Active.

Participate! Nominate someone or yourself by March 10th, 2017.

NYAC Call for Nominations 2017 (71.1 KiB)


101st Annual Conference of NYSAA

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).

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.

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

2017 Conference Registration (47.0 KiB)


The CRM Industry in the Age of Trump

Dear Colleagues,

The outcome of yesterday’s election will likely have a profound impact on the cultural resources management industry. We anticipate the Trump Administration and new Congress will attempt to repeal or weaken the legal framework on which our industry is built.

Please join us on November 28 at 2pm Eastern for a free webinar:
The CRM Industry in the Age of Trump. During this hour-long webinar, ACRA’s government relations consultant, Marion Werkheiser will brief participants on transition plans for the Trump administration, expectations for the new Congress, and ways that ACRA is organizing to respond to these challenges. Please register today.

It is more important than ever that we as an industry work together to advocate for our businesses and our values. I hope you will join us on November 28 and commit to becoming more involved in our government relations activities in the coming months.

Best regards,
Duane Peter, President
American Cultural Resources Association

Duane Peter, President American Cultural Resources Association

Fall Meeting NYAC 2016

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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)

Worshop Results

The Round-table Workshop that took place on April 15th was very well attended and produced lots of ideas for standard culling practices. These are being compiled into a draft. The draft will be posted for download and comments solicited prior to the next NYAC conference which will be October 8th, 2016 in Buffalo NY.

Standards for the Collection, Management and Culling of Archaeological Collections in the Field, Lab and Curation Facility DRAFT 2016 (376.3 KiB)

NYAC Membership Renewal

Its time to renew your dues for 2016. As a reminder, only members who have paid for the current membership year are eligible to vote in the annual election, be listed on the consultant list and receive society mailings. We would appreciate receiving your membership dues by March 15th so that there is not a lapse in your 2015 member benefits.

Should you have any questions about your annual membership dues or to check on unpaid previous dues from past years, please contact NYAC Treasurer, Ann Morton.

NYAC Dues Notice (75.6 KiB)

An Association of Professional Archaeologists

The New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) was founded in 1971 as an association of professional archaeologists with an interest in New York State archaeology. In 1972, the association became a not-for-profit corporation.

The purposes of the organization are to stimulate, guide, direct and conduct research in the field of archaeology in the State of New York; to publish the results of such archaeological research; to promote the exchange of information among the various individuals and organizations engaged in the study of archaeology in New York State and elsewhere; to foster and promote knowledge of and interest in public archaeology and archaeological preservation; to do any other act or thing incidental to or connected with the foregoing purposes or in advancement thereof.

These purposes have guided the activities of the organization since its founding. This website has been created and sponsored by the New York Archaeological Council to raise awareness of archaeology and archaeological issues of New York State. Specific goals of this site are:

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  • 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.
  • To increase the awareness of New York Archaeology to the general public.