Thursday, January 21, 2021

News & Announcements

  • 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.

    What is Section 106? A blended learning Q&A

    It’s a two-part e-Learning course, and it’s all free! First, a week before the webinar, take the free 15-minute eLearning course, What is Section 106? available at (all you have to do is establish an account prior to taking the course.) Next, log in to the webinar to learn from Training Specialist Katry Harris (with 25 years of Section 106 experience)  the key principles of Section 106 review. She will engage participants in questions and answers to reveal the extensive ACHP library resources and future training opportunities.

  • New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

    We recently launched two new webpages at the New York City Archaeological Repository (  The Seneca Village webpage presents information and artifacts from the excavations of a mid-19th century African American community whose land and houses were taken through eminent domain by New York City for the creation of Central Park.  The Seneca Village Unearthed webpage presents information and artifacts associated with the Wilson family, one of the families that lived in Seneca Village at the time of the community’s demise.


  • NYAC Ballot 2020 Elections

    New York Archaeological Council

    2020 Elections of Officers and Board Members

    Attention NYAC Members in good standing!

    Please review the attached candidate statements and ballot.

    Submit your votes by April 10, 2020.

    NYAC Ballot 2020 (202.1 KiB)

  • Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation Fall Grant

    Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc.
    Fall 2020 Solicitation for 2020-2021 Grant Cycle

    The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. is soliciting grant applications for the fall of 2020, for the 2020-2021 grant cycle. The Funk Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting archaeological research by student, avocational, and professional archaeologists. Research grants are available for studies of New York State archaeology. Funds are awarded to support archaeological research projects that compile and present new data or test previous conclusions with the expectation of new findings or insights. Grant awardees are required to submit a draft final report on their research project within one year of award.


  • Cancellation of 2020 NYSAA Conference & NYAC Annual Meeting

    The NYSAA conference is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have already registered you will be refunded. If you have made a reservation at the Crowne Plaza hotel you must call and cancel. Please see the see below for further details.

    The Incorporated Orange County Chapter of NYSAA has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year’s annual NYSAA conference. Our local area in the Hudson Valley is experiencing a growing number of COVID-19 cases, and the health and safety of our members and guests is our number 1 priority. While we are very disheartened by these circumstances, we are glad to report that the 104th NYSAA meeting will now take place next year on April 23-25, 2021 at the Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah. Registration information for next year will be available at a later date.


  • Second Call for Nominations

    New York Archaeological Council

    Last call the Time for Action is Today Participate!

    The terms for Vice-President, Treasurer, and three at-large Board seats expire at our Annual Meeting in April 2020.

    Candidates for officers and at-large board must be members in good standing and hold membership in the organization.  Officers and board members are expected to attend the Annual Meeting and two additional meetings.  The winter board meeting is typically held via teleconference, videoconference, or other suitable technology.

    Terms will run from 2020-2023.  Self-nominations are welcome.  If nominating another individual, please verify the person is willing to run and to serve.

    The nominating committee requests that nominations be submitted by March 13.

    Nominations may be returned to any member of the nominating committee:

    Pat Heaton (,

    David Staley (, or

    Nina Versaggi (


    Please include:

    Nominee’s name, office or seat for their candidacy, address, and e-mail.  Also include your name and e-mail address.


  • New York State Archaeological Association 104th Annual Conference

    The 104th annual conference of the NYSAA will take place April 24-26, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah Hotel in Suffern, NY. Attached are the registration for the conference, the call for papers and information about the conference. Deadline for the hotel conference rate is March 27th.

    The Incorporated Orange County Chapter is proud to host the 104st 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 and the NYSAA annual business meeting will be held Friday evening. NYSAA Paper presentations will be Saturday morning through the afternoon, and resume Sunday morning. The NYSAA annual banquet, awards ceremony and special guest speaker will be Saturday evening. Tours will take place on Friday morning and afternoon, and on Sunday afternoon. Tour details and other nearby museum information may be found with the links below.


  • 2020 Archaeology Season Poster

    NYAC is currently developing our 2020 Archaeology Season Poster.  Our theme for this year’s poster is a map of the state showing the locations of museums that house NYS-based archaeology collections and/or where the public can learn about NYS archaeology.

    We are compiling a list of museums, historical societies, and other similar repositories that maintain archaeological collections, and we would greatly appreciate your suggestions.  Whether they’re large or small archaeological collections, we want to represent the diversity of NY’s institutions in the poster.

    Where are your favorite archaeological collections?  Please email Nicole Fragnito at EDR ( with the names of repositories in your communities by Friday, January 31, 2020.

    Thank you for your assistance in discovering these hidden gems!

    Past posters can be viewed and downloaded under Archaeology Season Posters.

  • 2020 Daniel Weiskotten NYSAA Scholarship

    Hello friends,

    We are pleased to announce the 2020 Daniel Weiskotten NYSAA Scholarship. Attached to this email you will find a letter to you explaining the details of the program, and an announcement broadside for you to please post on your department bulletin board.

    New for 2020 is that our scholarship has been increased to $1,000!

    We ask you to promote this scholarship to your worthy and qualifying undergraduate students. Please encourage them to make a copy of the announcement poster and to apply for this generous scholarship without delay. The deadline for filing this application is February 28th, 2020.

    If you have any questions please contact me at 315-345-5094 or simply respond to me via this email.

    Thanks so much for your enthusiastic endorsement of this important program.

    Michael Beardsley
    Chairperson, Daniel Weiskotten Scholarship Program
    William Beauchamp Chapter, NYSAA

    Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship (62.7 KiB)

  • First Call for Papers

    104th Annual Meeting

    April 24-26, 2020

    New York State Archeological Association

    Hosted by the Incorporated Orange County Chapter

    The Orange County Chapter is excited to host next year’s annual meeting of the NYSAA. The meeting will take place in the scenic lower Hudson Valley at the Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah ( 3 Executive Blvd., Suffern NY 10901). For hotel reservations contact the hotel by March 27, 2020 to receive group rate of $121/night.

    tele: (845) 357-4800 website: Group Code: SAA

    The New York Archaeological Council will hold its annual meeting on Friday, April 24. The NYSAA business meeting will take place Friday evening, April 24. Paper and poster sessions will be held Saturday, April 25 and Sunday morning, April 26. The annual banquet and awards ceremony will take place Saturday evening, April 25. A book sale room will also be available on Saturday and Sunday.

    NYSAA Call for Papers 2020 (67.1 KiB)

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