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 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.
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- NYSAA May Lecture with John P. Hart PH.D.
Recent Research on Northern Iroquoian Agriculture
It is well known that Iroquoian people were highly dependent on maize-based agriculture for subsistence. In this presentation I will review the results of recent research on carbon and nitrogen isotopes that provide new information on how Iroquoian farmers in New York and Ontario maintained the fertility of agricultural fields and how much maize was included in fourteenth- to seventeenth-century Iroquoian diets in Ontario.
John P. Hart is Curator Emeritus at the New York State Museum where he served six years as Director of the Cultural Resource Survey Program followed by 20 years as Director, Research and Collections Division before retiring at the end of March 2020. Dr. Hart’s research focuses on Native American agriculture, social network analysis, and chronology building.
Register for the Lecture
NYSAA May Lecture with John P. Hart PH.D. Flyer (716.7 KiB)
Use to link below to Register for Dr. Hart’s talk on Wednesday, May 19th at 7pm.
Once Registered, a link to the Zoom meeting for the talk will be sent to your email address.