Monday, January 17, 2022

NYAC News

New York Archaeological Council
  • Cultural Preservation Specialist for Delaware SHPO

    Job Opening: Delaware SHPO is looking for a new review archaeologist for their staff. Here is the link to the job posting:
    https://www.jobapscloud.com/DE/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=111521&R2=MEAZ04&R3=200600

    Summary Statement

    This is cultural preservation work conducting and administering programs for the identification and protection of archaeological and historic resources.  This position reports to a technical superior.  Responsibilities include interpretative, consultative and advisory services to State/federal/local agencies, property owners, contractors, architects, archaeologists, and historians in the identification, evaluation and protection of Delaware’s cultural resources.  Incumbents administer one or more of a variety of state/federal programs including historic/cultural preservation planning, environmental review, and cultural resources survey.  Incumbents plan and conduct various surveys to identify and assess cultural resources, evaluate the effects of federal/state/local projects on cultural resources and recommend alternatives to mitigate effects; coordinate programs with federal regulatory agencies; monitor projects and programs to ensure compliance; coordinate a public participation process to identify preservation priorities; and periodically revise and update historic preservation plans.

    Selective Requirements

    Selective Requirements must be met in addition to the job requirements.  Applicants who do not possess the selective requirement will not be qualified.

    1. Four months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archaeology.
    2. One year experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the historic and/or prehistoric period. 
    3. One year experience in conducting research which includes collecting data, analyzing data collected, and preparing a comprehensive report to achieve objectives of the research.
  • 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
      environment.
    • 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
    rgrubb@rgaincorporated.com

    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

    https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/95027008200?pwd=aEd5MDVQRjNmSXJPVjlDZHZPeFZ5UT09

    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:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84108166763?pwd=Wk02dGwrb1E3dk5DSXZCb2RrakJwQT09

    • 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

    https://esaf-archeology.org/annual-meeting.html

    – After registering, you will be sent a Zoom link to attend.

    Looking forward to seeing you virtually!

     

  • NYAC Fall Meeting

    Save the date! November 13th NYAC will host a Zoom fall meeting. Details to come soon.

  • Ballot and Candidate Statements for the 2021 NYAC Board Election

    Everyone,

    Please see the attached ballot and candidate statements for the 2021 NYAC Board election. Only full and graduate student members in good standing may vote. As a reminder, this election is for 4 at-large seats. Please vote for no more than 4 individuals. Please either return the ballot to me as physical mail or e-mail by April 13, 2021. Your name must be included on either the physical envelope or the body of the email to verify voting eligibility. Please do not sign the ballot. Electronic attachments will be printed without sender info on arrival and be combined with ballots received via mail prior to ballot counting (ensuring anonymous voting).

    Thank you for your attention.
    Dave Witt

    2021 NYAC Ballot (94.8 KiB)

  • 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!

     

  • Submissions for the CNEHA Newsletter

    If you have any projects of interest you would like to submit for the October Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology Newsletter, please send copy and images to Michael Lucas, michael.lucas@nysed.gov, by October 1. 

    General guidelines for submissions:

    a. 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. 

    And e. To the extent possible, it would be great if all copy were submitted to me in Times New Roman and 12-point.  (Several of you do that already, and those are the specs with which I pass final copy on to our layout person, Dennis Howe.)

     

  • 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.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvdumurz4sEtyOk8YIFfmKiE-whSmsIfmb

    (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.

    Update

    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

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