Thursday, October 14, 2021


New York State Archaeology Season
  • NYSAA June Lecture with Dr. Elizabeth Meade

    Join us for the final NYSAA Lecture of the season. The speaker will be Elizabeth Meade, AKRF, Inc.:

    Elizabeth Meade, “Prepare for Death and Follow Me: The Archaeology of New York City’s Cemeteries”

    It has long been understood by archaeologists that while cemeteries are built by the living to serve the dead, burial grounds can also serve as significant cultural spaces utilized by and integral to the cultural traditions of the living. The study of cemetery sites is therefore critical to the understanding of many aspects of a given culture. Archaeologists often analyze the cemetery sites in a larger region through the lens of a “deathscape,” a macro-scale analytical tool similar to the anthropological concept of a landscape, but which instead focuses on the various cultural processes associated with death: from illness and dying to mortuary behavior, burial, and memorialization. New York City—including the five boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island—has been a center of commerce since its establishment as a colonial outpost in the 17th century and its urban development has outpaced many other major American cities.

    View a Recording of Dr. Elizabeth Meade’s Lecture

    View Lecture Zoom Recording

    Register for the Zoom Meeting

    Use to link below to Register for Elizabeth Meade’s talk on Wednesday, June 16th at 7 pm.

    Preregistration required. Register in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • NYSAA May Lecture with Dr. John P. Hart

    Recent Research on Northern Iroquoian Agriculture

    It is well known that Iroquoian people were highly dependent on maize-based agriculture for subsistence. In this presentation I will review the results of recent research on carbon and nitrogen isotopes that provide new information on how Iroquoian farmers in New York and Ontario maintained the fertility of agricultural fields and how much maize was included in fourteenth- to seventeenth-century Iroquoian diets in Ontario.

    John P. Hart is Curator Emeritus at the New York State Museum where he served six years as Director of the Cultural Resource Survey Program followed by 20 years as Director, Research and Collections Division before retiring at the end of March 2020. Dr. Hart’s research focuses on Native American agriculture, social network analysis, and chronology building.

    Recording of John Hart’s Lecture

    Meeting Recording:
    Passcode: U8BdVGC!

    Register for the Lecture

    NYSAA May Lecture with John P. Hart PH.D. Flyer (716.7 KiB)

    Use to link below to Register for Dr. Hart’s talk on Wednesday, May 19th at 7pm.
    Once Registered, a link to the Zoom meeting for the talk will be sent to your email address.

  • NYSAA April Lecture with Dr. Allison McGovern

    Please join us Wednesday, April 14th at 7pm for our third Digital lecture. We will be hearing from Dr. Allison McGovern, the Robert D.L. Gardiner Writing Fellow at the Gotham Center for New York City History. Her talk is entitled Privies and Such: A Report on Archaeological Investigations in the Lower East Side.

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • 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.

    (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.


    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

  • NYSAA Spring 2021 Lecture Series begins February 17 with Dr. Jennifer Birch of the University of Georgia

    NYSAA Spring 2021 Lecture Series. Dr. Jennifer Birch of the University of Georgia will present a Zoom lecture February 17 at 7 PM:  Dating Iroquoia: Radiocarbon chronologybuilding and relational histories of coalescence, conflict, and confederacyformation for HuronWendat and Haudenosaunee ancestors.

    The Houghton Chapter has organized a zoom lecture series for the coming year. These lectures are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm, via Zoom. There is no charge for attending the lectures but you must register. It will be on a first come, first served basis. The schedule of lectures is attached below. If you are a subscriber to the NYSAA or NYAC; you will receive notice of the upcoming lecture and the link to register.

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    The abstract for the speaker is available below:

    Dr. Jennifer Birch NYSAA Spring Lecture Series (8.6 MiB)

    Spring Lecture Series Schedule:

    NYSAA Spring 2021 Digital Lecture Series (710.1 KiB)


    The NYSAA hosted its first speaker in the 2021 lecture series on Feb 17th. Click on the link below if you want to hear Jen Birch’s excellent talk one reconfiguring radiocarbon dates for late Woodland settlements in western New York and Ontario Canada. This is a zoom recording so you will have to have an account to access the video. For those who are new to zoom, it means you have to download zoom on to your device and create a free account first. Zoom recordings are available for 28 days.

    Recording of Jennifer Birch, Ph.D., Dating Iroquoia: Radiocarbon chronology-building and relational histories of coalescence, conflict, and confederacy-formation for Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee ancestors. 

    Passcode: 8FBaXj@^

    The talk begins at the 1.23.51 mark.

  • Student applications are being accepted for the Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship 2021

    AWARD OF $1,000 & 1-year membership in NYSAA

    Administered by the William M. Beauchamp Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association

    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.

    Beauchamp Scholarship 2021 Announcement (17.4 KiB)

  • NYSAA adapting to the “New Normal”

    This has been a turbulent and very challenging year for us all with the Covid-19 pandemic, an economy with numerous people unemployed, and the election. But as Governor Cuomo says – we are “New York Tough!” and at NYSAA we have plans to move forward safely.

    Zoom Chapter Meetings

    The NYSAA has some exciting plans to help our members safely get together in this period of the “new normal.” We are working to create a winter/spring schedule of once a month zoom chapter meetings. There is a committee planning an exciting program so that members of all of our chapters can join a zoom meeting and hear lectures with great Powerpoint slides on New York State Archaeology.

    Because we know that it won’t be safe to have an in-person conference in April, we will do what other archaeology organizations have successfully tried – a zoom conference. Just think, you can relax in casual clothes with your slippers on and sitting in your easy chair with a nice cup of coffee and tune in for the talks you want to hear. Plus, no time driving across the state, and no hotel and meal expenses. Sounds inviting, doesn’t it? Even though we will miss seeing everyone in person and chatting, this is a nice, stop-gap measure until we can happily celebrate together in 2022.

    Please check this website in January for the dates and topics for our spring zoom lecture series and the list of speakers and talks for our end of April Zoom conference.

    Stay safe,
    Sherene Baugher
    President, NYSAA

  • Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation Fall Grant

    Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc.
    Fall 2020 Solicitation for 2020-2021 Grant Cycle

    The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. is soliciting grant applications for the fall of 2020, for the 2020-2021 grant cycle. The Funk Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting archaeological research by student, avocational, and professional archaeologists. 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.


  • Cancellation of 2020 NYSAA Conference & NYAC Annual Meeting

    The NYSAA conference is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have already registered you will be refunded. If you have made a reservation at the Crowne Plaza hotel you must call and cancel. Please see the see below for further details.

    The Incorporated Orange County Chapter of NYSAA has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year’s annual NYSAA conference. Our local area in the Hudson Valley is experiencing a growing number of COVID-19 cases, and the health and safety of our members and guests is our number 1 priority. While we are very disheartened by these circumstances, we are glad to report that the 104th NYSAA meeting will now take place next year on April 23-25, 2021 at the Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah. Registration information for next year will be available at a later date.


  • Student applications are being accepted for the Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship 2021

    We are pleased to announce the 2021 Daniel Weiskotten NYSAA Scholarship. Attached to this email you will find a letter to you explaining the details of the program, and an announcement broadside for you to please post on your department bulletin board.

    For 2021 we are once again offering a $1,000 scholarship to the winning candidate.

    We ask you to promote this scholarship to your worthy and qualifying undergraduate students. Please encourage them to make a copy of the announcement poster and to apply for this generous scholarship without delay. The deadline for filing this application is March 1st, 2021.

    If you have any questions please contact me at 315-345-5094 or simply respond to me via this email.

    Thanks so much for your enthusiastic endorsement of this important program.

    Michael Beardsley
    Chairperson, Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Program
    William Beauchamp Chapter, NYSAA

    2021 Daniel Weiskotten NYSAA Scholarship Announcement (115.5 KiB)

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