- 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,
Director of Archaeology
- 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
- Archaeology Video Fest
The first NYSAA/NYAC Archaeology Video Fest took place on April 24th. This program will take place every other year and represents our contribution to Archaeology Season. The Archaeology Season poster will happen every other year. The links to most of the videos can be found in the file below. This file also contains information regarding the kinds of videos we are looking form the length of videos (up to 10 minutes or clips from longer films of that length) and ideas on how to make both live action videos and still frame videos). The next Video Fest will take place in April of 2020. Consider sharing the exciting work you do in video format.
Archaeology Video Fest (300.8 KiB)
- The Funk Foundation’s 2018 Grant Cycle
The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. is now accepting proposals for grants for research in New York State archaeology. Grant applications must be received by May 7, 2018. The grant applications will be reviewed by the Funk Foundation Board of Directors in a competitive process with award decisions made by June 22, 2018. Further information including the grant application forms and guidelines can be found on the Funk Foundation website at www.funkfoundation.org. If you have any questions, please email Funk Foundation Board President Ed Curtin at email@example.com, or call Ed at (518) 928-8813.
The 2018 grants are for amounts in the range of $1,000.00-$2,500.00. They are ideal to assist parts of stand-alone research projects or studies that are parts of larger projects. For example, Funk Foundation grants have been made to support a range of services such as faunal analysis, radiocarbon dating, petrographic slides, lithic analysis, and remote sensing. Funk Foundation grants do not support fieldwork other than technical applications such as remote sensing.
The Funk Foundation’s 2018 Grant Cycle (41.4 KiB)
- NYAC Ballot 2018
Vote for four Board members from the following list of candidates
(see attached statements from candidates). Write-ins are accepted. Only full and graduate student members in good standing may vote:
2018 NYAC Ballot (92.5 KiB)
- Archaeology Video Festival
Friday, April 27th 2018
Hosted by New York Archaeological Council
At the joint meeting of the NYAC and NYSAA, Comfort Inn & Suites
6701 Buckley Rd, Syracuse, NY 13212
The digital age provides so many new opportunities for sharing information about archaeology. In the past NYAC sponsored an annual poster to spread the word about the amazing projects conducted across New York State and the important information gained from them. Beginning in 2018 NYAC will sponsor a video festival every other year as a modern alternative to the archaeology poster.
Consider submitting a short film or video of 10 minutes or less on a project of special interest to you- for the first video festival of 2018! Feel free to include analysis results or interviews with archaeologists and the public. Do a site reconstruction or find some other innovative way to feature the archaeology of New York State in your film or video.
Videos will be shown Friday evening April 27th at the joint meeting of the NYAC and NYSAA. Videographers will be invited to speak to the audience. For further information contact:
Sissie Pipes firstname.lastname@example.org
Archaeology Video Event April 2018 (43.5 KiB)
- NYAC Spring Meeting 2018
Invitation to the New York Archaeological Council
Spring 2018 Meeting and Program, Friday April 27st 10 am – 5 pm
Location: Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
717 Lakeport Road, Chittenango, NY 13037-9524
10-12 NYAC Board Meeting
12-1 Board Members Lunch
1-2:20 NYAC General Business Meeting. All are invited to attend. Agenda includes NYAC Election results.
1PM and After NYSAA/Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum Tours/$5 registration via NYSAA
2:30-5 Afternoon Program: Public Archaeology and the Underground Railroad in New York: Case Studies
An Introduction to the Public Outreach Potential of Archaeology in the Context of
the Underground Railroad in New York, featuring case studies from Niagara Falls
and the Capital Region of the Empire State
- Annual Meeting Save the Date
The 102nd annual joint conference of the New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) and the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) will be held April 27-29, 2018 at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 6701 Buckley Rd., Syracuse NY. The registration form including tour information and hotel rates and accommodations is available here for download.
- NYAC Board Call for Nominations 2018
Dear NYAC Members:
The terms of four at-large board members expires at the Annual Meeting on April 27, 2018. We are seeking nominations for people to run for four separate Board seats. Candidates for at-large board seats must be members in good standing. The board meets quarterly and members are expected to physically attend the Annual Meeting and two additional meetings. The winter board meeting is conducted via teleconference. Terms run from 2018 to 2021.
Self-nominations are welcome. If nominating another individual, please verify that the person is willing to run.
Please send your board nomination(s) to NYAC Elections Committee Chair Carol Weed at
The deadline for submitting nominations is March 28th.
Please include the nominee’s name, address, and email address. Also include your name and email address.