Friday, October 15, 2021

News & Announcements

New York Archaeological Council
  • NYAC Fall Meeting

    Save the date! October 16th 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 April Lecture with Dr. Allison McGovern

    Please join us Wednesday, April 14th 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.

    Register in advance for this meeting:

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

  • NYSAA March Lecture with Dr. Joe Stahlman

    This month, on Wednesday March 17th at 7 pm, we are happy to have Dr. Joe Stahlman, Director of the Seneca Nation’s Seneca-Iroquois National Museum-Onöhsagwë:de’ Culture Center presenting his talk “New York State Burial Laws.”  Here is the link to Joe Stahlman’s to the registration for the talk. Once you are registered, the zoom link will be sent to your email address.  The title and the address are included below.  Please feel free to share this flyer/invitation.

    (The zoom link may show a 6:30 start-time but know that the event will start at 7:00 pm).

    Title: Burial Laws in New York State

    Abstract: As of 2021, New York State has yet to create a burial law that protects all peoples resting within the borders of the state. For over 30 years the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act “NAGPRA” has served as a federal law that deals with situations when human remains and funerary objects are unearthed on federal lands. Yet, state laws prevail when burials and funerary objects are found on private or state-owned lands. State laws vary across the country. Thus, there have not been consistent protocols when burials are uncovered. In many cases, there are no regulations and/or municipal or county laws relevant to these cases. My talk will discuss a whole host of concerns and issues relevant to all New Yorkers and not only Native peoples.


    On March 17th, the NYSAA 2021 speaker’s program hosted Joe Stahlman, Ph.D. who spoke on NYS Burial Laws. If you were unable to attend the meeting or want to revisit the program here is the link to the video.

    Just click on the link and enter the passcode to watch the video.

    Zoom Video Link

    PASSCODE: 0f6#0CDC

  • 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.

  • Spring 2021 NYAC Election Call for Candidates

    Greetings NYAC Membership. It is time for the NYAC 2021 election cycle to begin with results to be announced at the Spring Meeting on Friday, April 23rd. The election ballot will be issued in March. The Election Committee is seeking candidates to fill 4 open board member positions. The positions are currently held by David Staley, Pat Heaton, Nina Versaggi, and Beth Selig. Board member positions are voted at-large so we are seeking as many additional candidates as we can get to fill these positions and hope to have more than one person running for each.

    If you or a NYAC member you know is interested in serving on the Board, please indicate this willingness to run by contacting the members of the Election Committee listed below. Please return your nominees to us by close-of-business on Monday, March 22, 2021. Include the telephone number and email address for the person(s) who wish to run. Please send responses to Dave Witt ( and copy Carol Weed ( and Laurie Miroff ( For those who plan to run, please begin preparing a candidate statement for inclusion on the ballot. Thank you!


  • CNEHA June Newsletter

    If you have any new information to share about Historical Archaeology projects in New York State please write a brief summary and I will get it into the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology Newsletter. Please email copy to The general guidelines are below and the current deadline for submissions is Friday May 22th. This is a great opportunity to highlight the excellent work being done in the state.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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