Summer 2019 Archaeology Field Opportunity

The Lewis Henry Morgan Chapter summer dig will take place at the Tram site August 10-11 and August 17-18. The Morgan Chapter has investigated the site since 2017. The Tram Site (Hne 6-4) was a large, palisaded Seneca Iroquois village of an estimated 800 to 1000 persons who resided there from about A.D. 1580 to 1595. Traces of the palisade enclosure (i.e., oval ditch and embankments) still remained when a Smithsonian survey of the site was undertaken by Ephraim Squier around 1850, but these have now all but disappeared. Although we know a great deal about the material culture of these people through excavations that have taken place at the site over the last 160+ years, the extent of the village and the size and distribution of the residential structures in it remain open to question. There is slight evidence that the palisade may have been repositioned—either to expand or contract the size of the village, at some point in its history. Last season we found a series of postmolds in two units that may be the palisade or a longhouse. We will work on identifying the nature of these features which may help clarify the extent of the village.

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Soils, Sediments and Landscapes in Archaeology

Friday August 16th

Soils, Sediments and Landscapes play vital roles in understanding and interpreting archaeological contexts. This unique one-day workshop will review the processes of landscape formation, sediment deposition, and pedogenesis, the relationships between the three, and the implications for archaeology.

The morning classroom session will include brief discussions of soil morphological properties and interpretation, soil nomenclature, soil taxonomy, and digital soil mapping. The afternoon field portion of the course will be used for the practical application of concepts discussed in the morning.

2019 Soils, Sediments and Landscapes in Archaeology (155.6 KiB)

2019 Soils Workshop Registration (52.8 KiB)

Take advantage of the early bird pricing and enroll in this year’s soils workshop to be help near Geneseo, NY.

2019 Funk Foundation Grant Application

The 2019 Funk Foundation grant application is available here for download.

The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. is initiating a 2019 grant application and funding cycle for grants of up 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, remote sensing, and isotope analysis.
Grant applications must be received by May 10, 2019.

The Funk Foundation’s 2019 Grant Cycle (58.1 KiB)

NYAC 2019 Ballot

BALLOT 2019
New York Archaeological Council

Vote for one person in each position from the following list of candidates. Only one Board position is open this season and the two candidates listed for the Board slot are running for the same seat. See ballot for candidate statements.

Write-ins are accepted. Please print the write-in name. A write-in candidate will not be considered unless they agree to serve during the voting period.

Only full and graduate student members in good standing may vote.

DEADLINE: April 10, 2019 (ballots must be postmarked by 4/10/17)

2019 NYAC Ballot (95.1 KiB)

NYAC/NYSAA Spring Conference Information

April 26-28, 2019
Holiday Inn, Johnstown, NY
Hosted by Van Epps-Hartley Chapter

The Van Epps-Hartley chapter is proud to host the 103rd Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) and the annual Spring Meeting of the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC).

The NYAC spring meeting will be held Friday afternoon at the conference hotel. Conference tours will include Fort Johnson on Friday afternoon and the Schenectady Stockade on Sunday afternoon.

NYAC/NYSAA Spring Conference Preliminary Program 2019 (1.7 MiB)