Wednesday, September 21, 2022

News & Announcements

New York Archaeological Council
  • NYAC Fall Program

    NYAC Fall 2022
    Afternoon Program

    Exploring African American Contexts in New York Archaeology

    Contrary to popular belief, the percentage of slave holding households was higher in New York than many places in the south. Unlike the plantation economies to the south, enslaved people in the north rarely lived in clusters of separate quarters. Most often enslave people of African and Indigenous lived in the main house, an outer kitchen, or other multi-functional outbuilding. Such complex households as well as free and Maroon communities have been investigated on archaeological projects in urban and rural settings. Surprisingly, there are few publications which address these households and communities that existed in New York. Only in cases where a household or a community was known to have been occupied by African Americans are deposits considered reflections of their lives. Archaeologists have struggled to interpret the lives of enslaved people through the material culture of plural households. Recent investigations however suggest that there are ways of ‘seeing’ African Americans in diverse households. This program brings together archaeologists to share what they have learned from their experiences working with plural households and communities in New York, suggestions for better material culture analyses, and the importance of working with descendant populations and vested communities. Format is short presentations followed by discussion with the audience.

    Free and open to members of NYAC, NYSAA and to the public.

    This event is free and open to the public however registration is required of non-members. Please register below:

    NYAC will host the fall meeting on October 1, 2022 at the New York State Museum in the Huxley Theater. The general business meeting will be from 12:45-1:45 and the program from 2-4:30. 


  • London Chapter, Ontario Archaeological Society September 8th Meeting

    The September 8th, 2022, Monthly Meeting will be in person at 7:30 PM, but they are also experimenting with making the talk available remotely via ZOOM. If you are not a member and want to attend via ZOOM send a request to James Keron ( for a link to the ZOOM meeting. Their website is

    The speaker will be Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario talking on: Milk Matters: Unusual Breastfeeding and Weaning Practices in a Nineteenth Century Dutch Village. Details can be found below.

    Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario talking on: Milk Matters: Unusual Breastfeeding and Weaning Practices in a Nineteenth Century Dutch Village

  • NYAC Fall Meeting Notice

    NYAC will host the fall meeting on October 1, 2022 at the New York State Museum in the Huxley Theater. The general business meeting will be from 12:45-1:45 and the program from 2-4:30. Details are provided available for download below.

    2022 NYAC Fall Meeting Notice (100.3 KiB)

  • Update on the Unmarked Burial Site Protection Bill & the Montaukett Indian Nation Recognition Bill


    June 11, 2022
    From the President, Carol S. Weed

    Many of our members, and others, have been tracking the status of two New York State legislative actions. These are the Unmarked Burial Site Protection bill and the Montaukett Indian Nation Recognition bill.

    NYAC’s Spring Newsletter went to press the week of May 30th just as the status of both bills changed. Because of their importance, I asked that this special note be sent to membership. The note has been reviewed by the NYAC Board.

    As some of you know, NYAC has reviewed earlier Unmarked Burial Site Protection versions since at least 2019 and has provided comment on them. On June 1 and 2, 2022, NYAC members reported to Doug Perrelli and me that a final version of the bill had passed both the New York State Assembly and the Senate. The bill was being advanced to the Governor’s Office. The link to the final bill follows.

    The final bill is unchanged from versions NYAC reviewed in 2021. It still contains some items which NYAC members had highlighted in their reviews. I encourage all of our members to read this final version of the bill and let the Governor’s Office know if you do or do not support its passage.

    On June 2, Allison McGovern reported that Bill S6889 supporting state recognition of the Montaukett Indian Nation had passed the NY Assembly and Senate. The bill also has been sent to the Governor’s Office for signing. The link to the bill follows.

    Allison noted that the Montaukett recognition bill has passed the Assembly and Senate several times before, and that it was vetoed every time by Governor Cuomo. I encourage the NYAC membership to review the Montaukett Indian Nation Recognition bill and let the Governor’s office know if you do or do not support it.

    The link to the Governor’s web site comment page:

    The office also accepts phone calls and snail mail. The contact information follows.

    Telephone: 1-518-474-839 | Office hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm
    USPS: The Honorable Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York State, NYS State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224

  • Public Archaeology Excavation Event at Knickerbocker Mansion, Schaghticoke, New York

    June 18-19 and June 25-26

    Public Archaeology Excavation Event at the Knickerbocker Mansion, Schaghticoke, New York.
    Knickerbocker Mansion

    See flyer for more information or contact

    The Knickerbocker Historical Society has graciously approved a public archaeology excavation to locate a home built on the property possibly as early as 1707, prior to the Knickerbocker Mansion built by Johannes Knickerbocker III ca. 1770. This call is for archaeology volunteers to excavate and staff the project, which has a goal of promoting archaeology and historic preservation in New York State by engaging the public in an archaeological excavation. Students, avocationals, and professional archaeologists are all welcome to apply!

    Snacks will be provided to all archaeology volunteers by the Knickerbocker Historical Society and rough camping overnight accommodations with Saturday supper and Sunday breakfast are available for people who volunteer for an entire weekend. To Apply Please email your contact information, a description of your previous archaeology experience (e.g., a resume or curriculum vitae), and a brief statement about your interest in the project to Vivian James

    Principal Investigators are Registered Professional Archaeologists:
    David Moyer of Birchwood Archaeological Services and Vivian James

    Knickerbocker Historical Society Public Archaeology Event (225.8 KiB)

  • New York State Museum Job Announcements
    The New York State Museum is hiring!  Please see the following job announcements for an archaeological technician at the Cultural Resource Survey Program (Research & Collections Technician, NYS grade 14) and the Museum’s Anthropology Collections Manager (Museum Scientist 2, NYS grade 22).  Cover letters and resumes accepted via email only, and both positions have a closing date of May 4, 2022.
  • NYAC Dues Notice 2022

    NYAC members,  it’s Dues time. To renew your membership download the form at:  Join NYAC
    If you want to join NYAC scroll down to the membership categories and apply.

    New York Archaeological Council 2022 dues are now due. Please remember that any NYAC member who falls more than two years behind in dues payments will be removed from the member list. In order to return to membership, the current and previous year’s dues must be paid.

    The Archaeology Month, Educational Outreach, and Robert E. Funk Memorial Foundation and the Legal Defense funds need support. Please feel free to use this opportunity to make an additional tax-deductible contribution to one or more of these funds. We are also seeking funds to celebrate NYAC’s 50th anniversary year (2022-2023).

    Please note that NYAC now uses electronic communication for meeting notices, the annual newsletter, and other announcements. If you have not already done so, please be sure to sign up for communications by submitting your email address in the lower right corner of the website. Thank you in advance for your prompt response to this notice.

  • NYAC Spring Meeting Notice

    April 30th, 2022, NYAC Spring Meeting Notice

    The New York Archaeological Council will hold its Spring Meeting on April 30, 2022 in person and/or via Zoom at the University of Buffalo.

    The New York Archaeological Council will hold its Spring Meeting on April 30, 2022 in person and via Zoom at the University of Buffalo. The board, which is not open to the public or general membership, will meet from 10:30 – 1. The General Membership/Business Meeting which is open to members and non-members will be from 1-2:30. A brief tour of the Archaeological Survey Lab and the Marian E. White Museum will follow and serves as the meeting program for those who attend in-person. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of NYAC. There will be discussion about the planning of the fall meeting. Please join us in person or via Zoom. You must register for the zoom.

    See attached file for details.

    2022 NYAC Spring Meeting
  • London Chapter OAS Speaker, Dr. Brian Redmond – April 14th on: Deer, Nuts, and Clay Floors: Archaic Sedentism and Ritual at the Burrell Orchard Site in Northern Ohio
    The next meeting of the London Chapter OAS will be online via ZOOM. It will be held on Thursday April 14, 2022 at 7:30 PM. The speaker will be:
    Dr. Brian Redmond, John Otis Hower Chair of Archaeology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio on: Deer, Nuts, and Clay Floors: Archaic Sedentism and Ritual at the Burrell Orchard Site in Northern Ohio.
    Please tune in to hear Dr. Redmond discuss his very important archaeological work documenting housing, the rise of more settled communities and other formerly hidden aspects of day to day life in the central Great Lakes area, 4000 years ago. 
    London Chapter members will be automatically sent a ZOOM link but anyone else wishing to attend can send an email request to Jim Keron at and he will send a link to the ZOOM meeting session.
  • Pots and Pans, Bodkins and Trowels: Reflections on Mary Beaudry – April 30

    Event Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
    Time: 1:00-6:00 pm ET
    Location: Eichenbaum Colloquial Room, Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Zoom

    Program Information and Registration:

    We are pleased to announce this symposium in honor of our late colleague Dr. Mary Beaudry (CAS Archaeology and Anthropology; MET Gastronomy). Dr. Beaudry (1950-2020) was an influential scholar, professor, and beloved fixture of Boston archaeology. Speakers and panelists will discuss Dr. Beaudry’s scholarly legacy across a range of disciplines, including gastronomy and culinary arts, the archaeology and history of food, anthropology, material culture studies, museum studies, women’s studies, preservation studies, and American studies.

    Please go to for further information on the program and to register to attend in person or remotely.

    This event is made possible through a grant from Boston University’s Center for the Humanities, as well as through contributions from the College of Arts and Sciences, Metropolitan College, the Department of Anthropology, the Archaeology Program, the Gastronomy Program, and Programs in Food and Wine.

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