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  • Summer 2019 Archaeology Field Opportunity

    The Lewis Henry Morgan Chapter summer dig will take place at the Tram site August 10-11 and August 17-18. The Morgan Chapter has investigated the site since 2017. The Tram Site (Hne 6-4) was a large, palisaded Seneca Iroquois village of an estimated 800 to 1000 persons who resided there from about A.D. 1580 to 1595. Traces of the palisade enclosure (i.e., oval ditch and embankments) still remained when a Smithsonian survey of the site was undertaken by Ephraim Squier around 1850, but these have now all but disappeared. Although we know a great deal about the material culture of these people through excavations that have taken place at the site over the last 160+ years, the extent of the village and the size and distribution of the residential structures in it remain open to question. There is slight evidence that the palisade may have been repositioned—either to expand or contract the size of the village, at some point in its history. Last season we found a series of postmolds in two units that may be the palisade or a longhouse. We will work on identifying the nature of these features which may help clarify the extent of the village.

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  • Soils, Sediments and Landscapes in Archaeology

    Friday August 16th

    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.

    2019 Soils, Sediments and Landscapes in Archaeology (155.6 KiB)

    2019 Soils Workshop Registration (52.8 KiB)

    Take advantage of the early bird pricing and enroll in this year’s soils workshop to be help near Geneseo, NY.

  • 2019 Funk Foundation Grant Application

    The 2019 Funk Foundation grant application is available here for download.

    The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. is initiating a 2019 grant application and funding cycle for grants of up to $2,500.00. The Funk Foundation grants support archaeological research conducted in New York State or on archaeological collections from New York State.

    These grants are ideal to assist portions of stand-alone research projects or studies that are parts of larger projects. For example, Funk Foundation grants have been used successfully to support a range of services such as faunal analysis, radiocarbon dating, petrographic slides, remote sensing, and isotope analysis.
    Grant applications must be received by May 10, 2019.

    The Funk Foundation’s 2019 Grant Cycle (58.1 KiB)

  • NYAC 2019 Ballot

    BALLOT 2019
    New York Archaeological Council

    Vote for one person in each position from the following list of candidates. Only one Board position is open this season and the two candidates listed for the Board slot are running for the same seat. See ballot for candidate statements.

    Write-ins are accepted. Please print the write-in name. A write-in candidate will not be considered unless they agree to serve during the voting period.

    Only full and graduate student members in good standing may vote.

    DEADLINE: April 10, 2019 (ballots must be postmarked by 4/10/17)

    2019 NYAC Ballot (95.1 KiB)

  • NYAC/NYSAA Spring Conference Information

    April 26-28, 2019
    Holiday Inn, Johnstown, NY
    Hosted by Van Epps-Hartley Chapter

    The Van Epps-Hartley chapter is proud to host the 103rd 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 at the conference hotel. Conference tours will include Fort Johnson on Friday afternoon and the Schenectady Stockade on Sunday afternoon.

    NYAC/NYSAA Spring Conference Preliminary Program 2019 (1.7 MiB)

  • Panel Discussion – Native American Consultation Practices

    Consultation with the Native American Tribal Nations is a requirement for nearly all Cultural Resource Projects that will impact an identified Native American site.  The need for consultation can be triggered as part of federal permitting review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as review by state agencies under Section 14.09 of the New York State Historic Preservation Act, and in some instances as part of local review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act.  Although Cultural Resources Consultants understand the importance of consulting with Native American Nations for these projects, the boundaries of Agency oversight and responsibilities/appropriate protocols for initiating and undertaking this consultation are not always clearly defined for Cultural Resource Consultants, agency personnel, and/or Tribal Historic Preservation Officers.  As a result, there can be miscommunication and delays during project review.

    The goals of this program are to clarify Agency expectations for Cultural Resource Consultants, the role of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, and their consultants in the review process. This meeting is a precursor to a greater convocation with tribal representatives, possibly this fall, to discuss issues and concerns of stakeholders, as well as improve understanding about the roles and responsibilities of engaged parties including tribal representatives and their agents, agencies, CRM practitioners, and developers.

    A panel of CRM and Agency representatives will present summary statements at the meeting. There will be an opportunity for NYAC members to relate experiences and discuss the outcomes. If you are interested in addressing the panel, please consider signing up head by sending an email to pipesml@aol.com. There will also be a sign-up sheet at the meeting.

  • Museum Scientist 2, New York State Museum

    Please view the full announcement here: http://www.nysed.gov/hr/employment/museum-scientist-2-1548354136

    New York State Museum JobThe New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education is seeking candidates for a Museum Scientist 2 position in the New York State Museum’s (NYSM) Cultural Resources Survey Program (CRSP).  The CRSP is an applied research program of the Museum’s Research & Collections Division that provides research and assessment of archaeological and architectural resources for other state agencies. Under the supervision of the Co-Director of the Museum’s CRSP Research and Collections Division, the incumbent will serve as the Geospatial Information System (GIS) and the Computer Aided Design (CAD) specialist for the program. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

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  • NYSAA 103rd Annual Meeting

    April 26-28, 2019
    Holiday Inn, Johnstown, NY

    Call for Papers

    Abstracts, authors, affiliation and AV preferences must be received by March 1, 2019 for consideration. Meeting registration must be pre-paid by April 1, 2019.

    The Van Epps-Hartley chapter is proud to host the 103rd 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 at the conference hotel. Conference tours will include Fort Johnson on Friday afternoon and the Schenectady Stockade on Sunday afternoon.

    Our special guest speaker for the Saturday banquet will be Dr. David Givens, who will present on the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. All events will be held at the Holiday Inn, located at 308 N. Comrie Avenue, Johnstown, NY.

      NYSAA 2019 Call for Papers (65.2 KiB)

  • 2018 Fall Meeting NYAC

    Please join the New York Archaeological Council for the Fall meeting on October 27th in New Paltz, NY. This year’s program will feature short talks on the research of Dutch and English archaeological sites and collections. The meeting will be held at the Huguenot Historical Society which is located in Historic Huguenot Street. As is our custom, the general business meeting will be from 1-3 pm and the afternoon program from 3-5 pm. A walking tour of the historic district will be given afterwards by Joe Diamond,SUNY New Paltz. Refreshments will be served.

  • Dig This Opportunity!

    Excavation Volunteers Needed

    We are writing to make you aware of a very special excavation coming up in September, 2018. Excavation volunteers are encouraged to join Jonathan Lothrop, Curator of Archaeology, and the New York State Museum team as we continue our excavation of the Owlville Pine, South site in Canastota, NY. Owlville Pine, South is a Crowfield Paleoindian site dating back approximately 12,000 years. Crowfield habitation sites are extremely rare, and the Crowfield people are among the least understood of the Paleoindian groups that visited New York State.

    We will be digging from September 10-14 and then again from September 17-21. No prior experience is necessary. We welcome volunteers to join us for a few days or for the entire 2 weeks, whatever fits your schedule. For more information please contact Mike Beardsley at 315-345-5094 or email Mike at casketeer@aol.com. You may also contact Jon Lothrop at jonathan.lothrop@nysed.gov or at 518-486-2992 after September 4th.