Tuesday, November 30, 2021

News & Announcements

New York Archaeological Council
  • 2022 Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Award Program

    AWARD OF $1,000 &  1-year membership in NYSAA

    Administered by the

    William M. Beauchamp Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association

    The deadline for the 2022 Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Award is March 1st. 

    To apply for this award, a student must be a New York state resident enrolled in an accredited New York State college or university undergraduate anthropology or history program. The student applicant must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours; be majoring in anthropology or history; and be intending to pursue a career in archaeology (prehistoric, historic, military, industrial, marine) or museology; and be able to show a financial need.

    The Applicant Must Provide:

    1).   A current college transcript showing a “B” average or better

    2).   A financial need statement (Financial aid verification form from the college)

    3).   A letter describing involvement in archaeological projects; a brief description of financial need; and applicant’s future plans (stated in the applicant’s own words & writing)

    4). A recommendation from a professional archaeologist

    The application for this award must be postmarked no later than march 1st, 2022.  It is advised that materials be sent as early as possible in the event that the committee has questions.  All materials are to be sent to Dr. Ellis Mcdowell-Loudan at the following address.

    Dr. Ellis McDowell – Loudan
    Box 502
    3 West Academy St.
    Mcgraw, NY 13101

    A committee composed of professional archaeologists, and avocational members of the Beauchamp Chapter will review the applications after March 1st, and select the award recipient.

    The award winner will be announced no later than April 15th, 2022.

    2022 Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Award Program (103.8 KiB)

  • Richard Grubb and Associates is seeking an Archaeologist

    Principal Investigator – New Jersey/Philadelphia

    Richard Grubb and Associates is seeking an Archaeologist to be based out of Cranbury, NJ or
    Philadelphia, PA office. This position will be based remotely at this time due to COVID-19.
    However, applicants should be available to travel to project sites in the NJ/DE/PA/NY area as
    necessary for site visits and fieldwork duties. Prior work experience in the mid-Atlantic preferred
    but not necessarily required.

    Principal Investigator responsibilities include:

    • Direct, plan, organize, and manage archaeological surveys, site recordation,
      monitoring, and other fieldwork duties in New Jersey and surrounding states.
    • Supervise a crew chief with multiple crews on large projects when necessary.
    • Archaeological monitoring and reporting
    • Prepare archaeological survey reports, including technical writing.
    • Communicate with project managers on survey results

    Qualified applicants must possess:

    • MA/MS or Ph.D. degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or related field.
    • Experience with the archaeology, prehistory, history and/or industrial history of the
      Mid-Atlantic region (preferred)
    • A working knowledge of NEPA and Section 106.
    • Technical writing, communication, and problem-solving skills.
    • Collegiality in working with architectural historians and historians as part of a team
    • Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) designation preferred
    • Ability to prepare technical and cost proposals a plus

    This is a full-time position and compensation includes a complete benefits package. Salary is
    dependent upon qualifications.

    To be considered for this opportunity, please email a cover letter and resume/CV detailing
    education and work experience to:

    Richard Grubb, Vice President

    RGA is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds,
    cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish. RGA is an equal-opportunity employer, and all
    qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
    national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. RGA
    is a Drug-Free Workplace.

    RGA participates in E-Verify

    NJ Principal Investigator 2021 Job Description (75.4 KiB)

  • 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 perrelli@buffalo.edu

    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: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctduyrqz4iGNOEvN_C9wQG5bw6L5lDNedL

    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.

  • 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 (dwitt@buffalo.edu) and copy Carol Weed (csw13108@gmail.com) and Laurie Miroff (lmiroff@binghamton.edu). For those who plan to run, please begin preparing a candidate statement for inclusion on the ballot. Thank you!


  • 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 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 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. 


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