NYAC News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Guidelines for Archaeological Work in New York City

    The Landmarks Preservation Commission invites you to attend a workshop about the revised Guidelines for Archaeological Work in New York City. The workshops are offered on September 13 from 10 AM – 11:30 AM and September 26 from 2 PM-3:30 PM in the public hearing room at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, located at 1 Centre Street on the 9th Floor. Each workshop will include a presentation highlighting the primary revisions that have been made and time for questions. Please note that in order to enter the building, one must show a photo ID and go through a metal detector.

    The revised guidelines will be released in September and will replace the 2002 document of the same name. The Guidelines will be a reference for both agencies and professional archaeologists to help navigate the archaeological review process in New York City. Please note that the June 2018 draft document was revised in response to many of the recommendations that LPC received.

    Please let us know by email if you will be able to join us and, if so, which day you would prefer to come. If you have any questions, I may be reached at (212) 669-7823. Please note that I will be away from August 27-September 4 and you may contact Jessica Striebel MacLean during that time.

    Thanks very much,

    Amanda Sutphin

    Director of Archaeology

    P: (212) 669-7823 | E: asutphin@lpc.nyc.gov

    Landmarks Preservation Commission

  • Soils, Sediments and Landscapes in Archaeology

    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.

    Friday May 11th or Saturday May 12th

    Soils, Sediments and Landscapes in Archaeology Workshop Flyer (156.0 KiB)

    Soils, Sediments and Landscapes in Archaeology Workshop Registration Form (25.8 KiB)