Monday, January 17, 2022


New York Archaeological Association Annual Meeting 2019 Fort Johnstown
  • NYAC Fall Meeting Saturday November 13th

    The NYAC board will meet at 12:30. If you have something you wish to bring to the attention of the board,  send an email ahead to the president

    The NYAC general business meeting will meet via zoom 2:30 – 4:30. There is no formal program for this meeting. Instead, this will be an open forum for discussion about current events, projects and issues. Everyone, including non-members, are welcome to attend and participate.

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 950 2700 8200

    Passcode: 494768

  • Eastern States Archaeological Federation Annual Meeting

    November 5-7, 2021

    Dear NYSAA and NYAC Members:

    The 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern States Archeological Federation is fast approaching, and will be held Friday through Sunday, November 5-7, 2021, live streamed on Zoom in a virtual format.

    • On Friday, ESAF members are invited to attend the general business meeting, via Zoom:

    • The meeting program (see attached) includes two general sessions of paper presentations, on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 
    • Saturday afternoon features a session titled “Paleoindian Lifeways in the Northeast, 13,000 to 10,000 years BP,” organized by Zachary Singer and David Leslie.
    • At 7 PM on Saturday evening, November 6, we are very excited to host Dr. Jennifer Birch from the University of Georgia, who will present on her topic, “Turning Chronologies into Chronicles: Refined Radiocarbon Dating in Northeastern Archaeology.” 
    • And at 8:30 PM on Saturday, we’ll host the traditional Canadian-American Friendship Party (BYOB!).

    The 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern States Archaeological Federation

    ESAF Program & Abstracts (197.5 KiB)

    Register with PayPal

    PayPal registration has been extended through Saturday, November 6, 2021, and it’s a steal!  $15 for general registrants and $10 for students. Please go to the ESAF website link for the annual meeting at

    – After registering, you will be sent a Zoom link to attend.

    Looking forward to seeing you virtually!


  • NYSAA November Lecture with Dr. Allison McGovern

    In this presentation, Dr. Allison McGovern will discuss the results of recent archaeological investigations carried out in the Lower East Side of NYC. This neighborhood became home to a sizable European-Jewish population in the late 19th century, and a methodology was developed for investigating the archaeological potential for most of one city-block in relation to this history. The results of the investigation shed light on development and redevelopment of the neighborhood, and its impacts on archaeological traces at an urban site.

    NYSAA November Lecture with Dr. Allison McGovern Flyer (688.1 KiB)

    Please join us Tuesday, November 9th at 7pm for our third Digital lecture. We will be hearing from Dr. Allison McGovern, the Robert D.L. Gardiner Writing Fellow at the Gotham Center for New York City History. Her talk is entitled Privies and Such: A Report on Archaeological Investigations in the Lower East Side.

    Please Register to attend:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


  • NYAC Fall Meeting

    Save the date! November 13th NYAC will host a Zoom fall meeting. Details to come soon.

  • NYSAA June Lecture with Dr. Elizabeth Meade

    Join us for the final NYSAA Lecture of the season. The speaker will be Elizabeth Meade, AKRF, Inc.:

    Elizabeth Meade, “Prepare for Death and Follow Me: The Archaeology of New York City’s Cemeteries”

    It has long been understood by archaeologists that while cemeteries are built by the living to serve the dead, burial grounds can also serve as significant cultural spaces utilized by and integral to the cultural traditions of the living. The study of cemetery sites is therefore critical to the understanding of many aspects of a given culture. Archaeologists often analyze the cemetery sites in a larger region through the lens of a “deathscape,” a macro-scale analytical tool similar to the anthropological concept of a landscape, but which instead focuses on the various cultural processes associated with death: from illness and dying to mortuary behavior, burial, and memorialization. New York City—including the five boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island—has been a center of commerce since its establishment as a colonial outpost in the 17th century and its urban development has outpaced many other major American cities.

    View a Recording of Dr. Elizabeth Meade’s Lecture

    View Lecture Zoom Recording

    Register for the Zoom Meeting

    Use to link below to Register for Elizabeth Meade’s talk on Wednesday, June 16th at 7 pm.

    Preregistration required. Register in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • NYSAA May Lecture with Dr. John P. Hart

    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.

    Recording of John Hart’s Lecture

    Meeting Recording:
    Passcode: U8BdVGC!

    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.

  • NYSAA Spring 2021 Lecture Series begins February 17 with Dr. Jennifer Birch of the University of Georgia

    NYSAA Spring 2021 Lecture Series. Dr. Jennifer Birch of the University of Georgia will present a Zoom lecture February 17 at 7 PM:  Dating Iroquoia: Radiocarbon chronologybuilding and relational histories of coalescence, conflict, and confederacyformation for HuronWendat and Haudenosaunee ancestors.

    The Houghton Chapter has organized a zoom lecture series for the coming year. These lectures are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm, via Zoom. There is no charge for attending the lectures but you must register. It will be on a first come, first served basis. The schedule of lectures is attached below. If you are a subscriber to the NYSAA or NYAC; you will receive notice of the upcoming lecture and the link to register.

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    The abstract for the speaker is available below:

    Dr. Jennifer Birch NYSAA Spring Lecture Series (8.6 MiB)

    Spring Lecture Series Schedule:

    NYSAA Spring 2021 Digital Lecture Series (710.1 KiB)


    The NYSAA hosted its first speaker in the 2021 lecture series on Feb 17th. Click on the link below if you want to hear Jen Birch’s excellent talk one reconfiguring radiocarbon dates for late Woodland settlements in western New York and Ontario Canada. This is a zoom recording so you will have to have an account to access the video. For those who are new to zoom, it means you have to download zoom on to your device and create a free account first. Zoom recordings are available for 28 days.

    Recording of Jennifer Birch, Ph.D., Dating Iroquoia: Radiocarbon chronology-building and relational histories of coalescence, conflict, and confederacy-formation for Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee ancestors. 

    Passcode: 8FBaXj@^

    The talk begins at the 1.23.51 mark.

  • ACHP Training Webinars

    The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is offering free training webinars.  If interested, click the links below.

    e-Learning Course Overview

    The ACHP now offers online courses on Section 106 topics. Each course offers self-paced interactive presentations and downloadable reference documents. Courses of 30 minutes or more offer a certificate of completion and incorporate knowledge checks that let you apply your learning to case scenarios or quiz questions.


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