Friday, September 29, 2023


New York Archaeological Council
  • Annual meeting of the Eastern States Archaeological Federation

    Ocean City, Maryland, October 26-29

    Alerting NYSAA and NYAC members of the upcoming ESAF meeting in Ocean City, Maryland:

    The meeting includes optional tours on Thursday, and organized sessions on Paleoindian and southern New England archaeology scheduled for Friday and Remote Sensing session on Saturday.

    Dr. Julia King is the keynote speaker for the Saturday banquet, presenting on “Revisiting Portobago: A Mid- to Late 17th Century Trading Post on the Rappahannock River in Virginia.”

    Prospective presenters can submit abstracts for paper or poster presentations through the extended deadline of September 15.

    Reduced hotel conference rates at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront require room reservations by September 24.

  • The Funk Foundation Research Grant


    The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc., announces its 2023-2024 grant application and funding cycle for research grants of up to $2,500. The Funk Foundation supports archaeological research conducted in New York State or on archaeological collections from New York State. Grants can be used to support small stand-alone archaeological research projects or studies that are parts of larger investigations. Previous Funk Foundation grants have funded a range of research projects including artifact collections studies, faunal analysis, radiocarbon dating, artifact petrography, stone tool microwear, remote sensing, and isotopic and geochemical analyses.
    Grant applications for the 2023-2024 funding cycle must be received by May 31, 2023. Applications will be reviewed in a competitive process by the Funk Foundation Board of Directors. Award decisions will be made by June 21, 2023.  Guidelines for grant applications and format can be found at For additional questions, please email Jon Lothrop, President, Funk Foundation Board of Directors, at Jonathan.Lothrop@NYSED.Gov or call (518) 486-2992.
    The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc., is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting archaeological research by student, avocational, and professional archaeologists. 
  • Joint Meeting of NYAC and NYSAA 2023

    The joint meeting of NYAC and NYSAA will take place April 21-23. NYAC’s program in on Friday April 21st, 1-5. Everyone is welcome to attend and no one has to be a member. Voting however is for members only. Saturday and Sunday is the NYSAA program. More on the conference menu can be on the NYSAA conference page or below.

    Due to the pandemic it has been three years since our last New York State conference and our chapter is thrilled to host the 104th conference. In addition to providing a platform to share our research during the last three years, another objective of this conference is to bring the members of NYSAA and NYAC together in an in person meeting so we can personally share our camaraderie, as well as our knowledge.

    Please fill out a registration form for each person attending. Print the information and check off the appropriate boxes for registration and meals. Total the registration and meal costs and send your check along with a copy of the registration form to the following address by Monday, April 22, 2023. Make your check out to the chapter, IOCCNYSAA. Meal plan prices are inclusive. You can choose from the meal plan selection below or choose to buy your meals on your own. There is a restaurant in the hotel and others nearby.

    2023 NYSAA Conference Program (2.6 MiB)

    104th Annual Conference Registration Form (183.4 KiB)

  • NYAC Fall Program

    Exploring African American Contexts in New York Archaeology

    NYAC will host the fall meeting on October 1, 2022 at the New York State Museum in the Huxley Theater. The general business meeting will be from 12:45-1:45 and the program from 2-4:30. 

    Contrary to popular belief, the percentage of slave holding households was higher in New York than many places in the south. Unlike the plantation economies to the south, enslaved people in the north rarely lived in clusters of separate quarters. Most often enslave people of African and Indigenous lived in the main house, an outer kitchen, or other multi-functional outbuilding. Such complex households as well as free and Maroon communities have been investigated on archaeological projects in urban and rural settings. Surprisingly, there are few publications which address these households and communities that existed in New York. Only in cases where a household or a community was known to have been occupied by African Americans are deposits considered reflections of their lives.

    Archaeologists have struggled to interpret the lives of enslaved people through the material culture of plural households. Recent investigations however, suggest that there are ways of ‘seeing’ African Americans in diverse households. This program brings together archaeologists to share what they have learned from their experiences working with plural households and communities in New York, suggestions for better material culture analyses, and the importance of working with descendant populations and vested communities. Format is short presentations followed by discussion with the audience.


  • London Chapter, Ontario Archaeological Society September 8th Meeting

    The September 8th, 2022, Monthly Meeting will be in person at 7:30 PM, but they are also experimenting with making the talk available remotely via ZOOM. If you are not a member and want to attend via ZOOM send a request to James Keron ( for a link to the ZOOM meeting. Their website is

    The speaker will be Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario talking on: Milk Matters: Unusual Breastfeeding and Weaning Practices in a Nineteenth Century Dutch Village. Details can be found below. (more…)

  • NYAC Membership Note – August Update

    Hi Folks: this month’s update will come to you in two parts. This Note notifies you of schedule updates and asks the Standing and Special Committee Chairs for updates. The second part will come out after Labor Day.

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  • NYAC Fall Meeting Notice

    NYAC will host the fall meeting on October 1, 2022 at the New York State Museum in the Huxley Theater. The general business meeting will be from 12:45-1:45 and the program from 2-4:30. Details are provided available for download below.

    2022 NYAC Fall Meeting Notice (100.3 KiB)

  • Update on the Unmarked Burial Site Protection Bill & the Montaukett Indian Nation Recognition Bill


    June 11, 2022
    From the President, Carol S. Weed

    Many of our members, and others, have been tracking the status of two New York State legislative actions. These are the Unmarked Burial Site Protection bill and the Montaukett Indian Nation Recognition bill.

    NYAC’s Spring Newsletter went to press the week of May 30th just as the status of both bills changed. Because of their importance, I asked that this special note be sent to membership. The note has been reviewed by the NYAC Board. (more…)

  • Public Archaeology Excavation Event at Knickerbocker Mansion, Schaghticoke, New York

    June 18-19 and June 25-26

    Public Archaeology Excavation Event at the Knickerbocker Mansion, Schaghticoke, New York.
    Knickerbocker Mansion

    See flyer for more information or contact

    The Knickerbocker Historical Society has graciously approved a public archaeology excavation to locate a home built on the property possibly as early as 1707, prior to the Knickerbocker Mansion built by Johannes Knickerbocker III ca. 1770. This call is for archaeology volunteers to excavate and staff the project, which has a goal of promoting archaeology and historic preservation in New York State by engaging the public in an archaeological excavation. Students, avocationals, and professional archaeologists are all welcome to apply! (more…)

  • NYAC Dues Notice 2022

    NYAC members,  it’s Dues time. To renew your membership download the form at:  Join NYAC
    If you want to join NYAC scroll down to the membership categories and apply.

    New York Archaeological Council 2022 dues are now due. Please remember that any NYAC member who falls more than two years behind in dues payments will be removed from the member list. In order to return to membership, the current and previous year’s dues must be paid.

    The Archaeology Month, Educational Outreach, and Robert E. Funk Memorial Foundation and the Legal Defense funds need support. Please feel free to use this opportunity to make an additional tax-deductible contribution to one or more of these funds. We are also seeking funds to celebrate NYAC’s 50th anniversary year (2022-2023).

    Please note that NYAC now uses electronic communication for meeting notices, the annual newsletter, and other announcements. If you have not already done so, please be sure to sign up for communications by submitting your email address in the lower right corner of the website. Thank you in advance for your prompt response to this notice.

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