Friday, February 21, 2020


New York Archaeological Council
  • 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.

  • 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)

  • Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc.

    Fall 2019 Solicitation for 2019-2020 Grant Cycle

    The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. is soliciting grant applications for the fall of 2019, for the 2019-2020 grant cycle. 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.

    The Fall 2019-20 grant application deadline is September 30, 2019; applications must be electronically submitted on or before this date. Awardees will be informed of the Board’s decision by October 30, 2019. Application guidelines and information are available on-line at: Funk Application Forms or by email request to the Foundation board President Ed Curtin

    Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. Fall 2019 Solicitation for 2019-2020 Grant Cycle (46.8 KiB)

  • Sullivan-Clinton Campaign Against the Iroquois 1779 – Symposium

    The Fort Plain Museum presents the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign Against the Iroquois 1779 Symposium held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, pre-registration is recommended, walk-ins are welcomed. We have several leading experts giving several perspectives and logistics of the campaign. We will also end the program with a panel discussion, this is a great opportunity to have your voice heard on a controversial topic. All proceeds from this event, will go towards preservation and exhibition of the Museum’s American Indian artifacts.

    The lineup of topics and speakers include:

    • Not Overrun but Destroy: The Iroquois Campaign of 1779 – Glenn F. Williams
    • Total Destruction and Devastation: the George Washington We Remember – G. Peter Jemison
    • Making the Most of a Little: The Evolution of an American Strategy for 1779 – Joseph R. Fischer
    • Amateurs Talk About Tactics, but Professionals Study Logistics: Supplying the Sullivan Expedition of 1779 – Robert Mulligan
    • Clinton’s Dam: Colonial and Native Contexts – William A. Starna
    • From the Mohawk to the Susquehanna: Clinton’s Brigade route across the Portage in 1779 – Wayne Lenig

    Visit our website for more information and to register:

  • Historical Archaeology in New York for CNEHA Newsletter

    If you have any new information to share about Historical Archaeology in New York 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 October 4th. This is a great opportunity to highlight the excellent work being done in the state.

    1. Photographs should be included as separate attachments, rather than embedded in your text. (That’s so our layout person doesn’t have to keep “undoing” what you have already done!)

    b. All photographs need to have captions.

    c. If you submit more than 3 or 4 illustrations with any individual article, please recognize that we may have to reduce the number.

    d. There always will be a few submissions that truly are of “article” length, rather than newsletter length. While it’s flattering that folks want to submit very “thorough” summaries of their research to us, we probably should shoot for an absolute maximum of no more than 2-3 pages (double-spaced) for any given submission.

    e. All text should be submitted in 12pt Times New Roman font.

    Michael Lucas
    New York State Editor
    CNEHA Newsletter

  • Fall 2019 Fieldwork Opportunity at the OPS Paleoindian Site

    Fieldwork Paleoindian SiteThe New York State Museum, with the NYSAA Beauchamp chapter as local host, is investigating the OPS Paleoindian site in Canastota, Madison County. Following a productive excavation week in July, we are returning to OPS for the weeks of September 9-13 and September 16-20. Now in our fifth field season, this project represents the first full-scale excavation of a Crowfield fluted point site in the New York region (dating to circa 12,000-11,600 years before present).

    Fieldwork to date has recovered Crowfield fluted points, endscrapers, side scrapers, gravers, and flaking debris from fluted point manufacture. These artifacts were mostly made of high-grade Esopus chert, mined to the east in the Mohawk Valley. In September, we will expand our block excavations to continue sampling Paleoindian activity areas at this very important Ice Age site. We invite NYSAA members and interested individuals to volunteer with us for 1 to 2 days or for the full two-week session. Please contact NYSM archaeology collections manager Andrea Lain [ or (518) 486-2334] for details and to schedule volunteering. Join us in our search to uncover evidence of the first peoples of the New York region!

    Fall 2019 Fieldwork Opportunity (11.8 KiB)

  • 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.

  • 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.

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