Guidelines for Archaeological Work in New York City

The Landmarks Preservation Commission invites you to attend a workshop about the revised Guidelines for Archaeological Work in New York City. The workshops are offered on September 13 from 10 AM – 11:30 AM and September 26 from 2 PM-3:30 PM in the public hearing room at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, located at 1 Centre Street on the 9th Floor. Each workshop will include a presentation highlighting the primary revisions that have been made and time for questions. Please note that in order to enter the building, one must show a photo ID and go through a metal detector.

The revised guidelines will be released in September and will replace the 2002 document of the same name. The Guidelines will be a reference for both agencies and professional archaeologists to help navigate the archaeological review process in New York City. Please note that the June 2018 draft document was revised in response to many of the recommendations that LPC received.

Please let us know by email if you will be able to join us and, if so, which day you would prefer to come. If you have any questions, I may be reached at (212) 669-7823. Please note that I will be away from August 27-September 4 and you may contact Jessica Striebel MacLean during that time.

Thanks very much,

Amanda Sutphin

Director of Archaeology

P: (212) 669-7823 | E: asutphin@lpc.nyc.gov

Landmarks Preservation Commission

Soils, Sediments and Landscapes in Archaeology

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.

Friday May 11th or Saturday May 12th

Soils, Sediments and Landscapes in Archaeology Workshop Flyer (156.0 KiB)

Soils, Sediments and Landscapes in Archaeology Workshop Registration Form (25.8 KiB)

Archaeology Video Fest

The first NYSAA/NYAC Archaeology Video Fest took place on April 24th. This program will take place every other year and represents our contribution to Archaeology Season. The Archaeology Season poster will happen every other year. The links to most of the videos can be found in the file below. This file also contains information regarding the kinds of videos we are looking form the length of videos (up to 10 minutes or clips from longer films of that length) and ideas on how to make both live action videos and still frame videos). The next Video Fest will take place in April of 2020. Consider sharing the exciting work you do in video format.

Archaeology Video Fest (300.8 KiB)

The Funk Foundation’s 2018 Grant Cycle

The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. is now accepting proposals for grants for research in New York State archaeology. Grant applications must be received by May 7, 2018. The grant applications will be reviewed by the Funk Foundation Board of Directors in a competitive process with award decisions made by June 22, 2018. Further information including the grant application forms and guidelines can be found on the Funk Foundation website at www.funkfoundation.org. If you have any questions, please email Funk Foundation Board President Ed Curtin at ecurtin12003@yahoo.com, or call Ed at (518) 928-8813.

The 2018 grants are for amounts in the range of $1,000.00-$2,500.00. They are ideal to assist parts of stand-alone research projects or studies that are parts of larger projects. For example, Funk Foundation grants have been made to support a range of services such as faunal analysis, radiocarbon dating, petrographic slides, lithic analysis, and remote sensing. Funk Foundation grants do not support fieldwork other than technical applications such as remote sensing.

The Funk Foundation’s 2018 Grant Cycle (41.4 KiB)