Wednesday, March 08, 2023


New York State Archaeology Season
  • Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Award for 2023 Announcement

    TO: Department Chairperson & Financial Aid Personnel
    DATE: 11/30/22
    RE: Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Award for 2023

    Attached please find the current flier from the William M. Beauchamp chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association announcing the 2023 “Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship” Award program.

    We ask that you please post a copy of this flier for your students majoring in anthropology/archaeology. We also request that a copy of the flier be forwarded to your school’s financial aid office.

    We are pleased to share that 2023 marks our 34th year of awarding a scholarship to an outstanding New York State student who plans to pursue a career in archaeology. We take pride in the fact that to date we have awarded over $28,000 in scholarships to worthy candidates. The 2023 award will be $1,000.00!

    Contributing members of the New York State Archaeological Association as well as the members of the William M. Beauchamp Chapter in Syracuse, NY have been most generous in funding this scholarship program and enabling us to continue this tradition.

    We ask you to urge your qualifying students to take a copy of our award announcement, and to apply for this award without delay.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at 315-345-5094. Thank you for your cooperation and for your enthusiastic endorsement of this program!

    Michael Beardsley, Treasurer
    Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Fund

    William Beauchamp Chapter, Daniel Weiskotten Scholarship 2023 Committee Members:
    Vicky Jayne Ellis McDowell Loudan, PhD
    Gary Loudan Michael Beardsley

  • Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Fund 2023 Application

    ***** 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.

    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 6th, 2023. 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 6th, and choose the award recipient.

    The award winner will be selected no later than April 15th, 2023 and announced at the 104th NYSAA Annual Meeting in Suffern, NY during the NYSAA Annual Awards banquet on Saturday, April, 22nd, 2023.

    Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Fund 2023 Flyer (149.8 KiB)

  • NYAC Fall Program

    Exploring African American Contexts in New York Archaeology

    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…)

  • 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…)

  • London Chapter OAS Speaker, Dr. Brian Redmond – April 14th on: Deer, Nuts, and Clay Floors: Archaic Sedentism and Ritual at the Burrell Orchard Site in Northern Ohio
    The next meeting of the London Chapter OAS will be online via ZOOM. It will be held on Thursday April 14, 2022 at 7:30 PM. The speaker will be:
    Dr. Brian Redmond, John Otis Hower Chair of Archaeology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio on: Deer, Nuts, and Clay Floors: Archaic Sedentism and Ritual at the Burrell Orchard Site in Northern Ohio.
    Please tune in to hear Dr. Redmond discuss his very important archaeological work documenting housing, the rise of more settled communities and other formerly hidden aspects of day to day life in the central Great Lakes area, 4000 years ago. 
    London Chapter members will be automatically sent a ZOOM link but anyone else wishing to attend can send an email request to Jim Keron at and he will send a link to the ZOOM meeting session.
  • Pots and Pans, Bodkins and Trowels: Reflections on Mary Beaudry – April 30

    Event Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
    Time: 1:00-6:00 pm ET
    Location: Eichenbaum Colloquial Room, Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Zoom

    Program Information and Registration:

    We are pleased to announce this symposium in honor of our late colleague Dr. Mary Beaudry (CAS Archaeology and Anthropology; MET Gastronomy). Dr. Beaudry (1950-2020) was an influential scholar, professor, and beloved fixture of Boston archaeology. Speakers and panelists will discuss Dr. Beaudry’s scholarly legacy across a range of disciplines, including gastronomy and culinary arts, the archaeology and history of food, anthropology, material culture studies, museum studies, women’s studies, preservation studies, and American studies.

    Please go to for further information on the program and to register to attend in person or remotely.

    This event is made possible through a grant from Boston University’s Center for the Humanities, as well as through contributions from the College of Arts and Sciences, Metropolitan College, the Department of Anthropology, the Archaeology Program, the Gastronomy Program, and Programs in Food and Wine.

  • Dr. John Creese: Architecture Against the State: Materializing Counter Power in a Wendat Town

    March 10th, 2022, 7:30 PM, Meeting of the London Chapter, Ontario Archaeological Society, via zoom

     Invited speaker: Dr. John Creese, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Dakota State University on: Architecture Against the State: Materializing Counter Power in a Wendat Town. Tune in to hear Dr. Creese’s talk on is innovative research to try and understand the layout and spatial organization of Wendat/Huron Late Woodland villages through his analysis of several sites.

    London Chapter members will be automatically sent a ZOOM link but anyone else wishing to attend can send an email request to Jim Keron at and he will send a link to the ZOOM meeting session. The ZOOM session normally opens about 7:00 PM.

  • Marie-Lorraine Pipes PhD RPA: Markers of Cultural Identity: Worked Bone from 17th and 18th century Albany, NY, March 2

    Please join us for a talk on March 2 at 7pm on Zoom for a talk by Sissie Pipes entitled “Markers of Cultural Identity: Worked Bone from 17th and 18th century Albany, NY”

    See the flyer attached for additional information.  Please share with your friends and colleagues.

    You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
    When: Mar 2, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
    Register in advance for this meeting:

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

    Abstract: The archaeological presence of Africans and African Americans York State is ephemeral at best, especially in upstate New York during the 17th and 18th centuries. Based on the analyses of faunal assemblages from Albany projects, there is growing evidence to suggest that certain modified artifacts, identified in the faunal deposits, were made and used by Africans and African Americans. Bone tools from Fort Orange, and the Winne and Bogart Houses from The DEC Headquarters site, will be discussed. This talk also explores why worked bone objects found in certain contexts may be considered as markers of cultural identity and how they may inform about the lives of Enslaved people.

  • Dr. Carl Benn: A Mohawk Memoir from the War of 1812: John Norton

    A Mohawk Memoir from the War of 1812: John Norton – Teyoninhokarawen

    In this Presentation, Carl Benn, PhD, Professor Department of History at Ryerson University, will discuss A Mohawk Memoir from the War of 1812 presents the story of John Norton, or Teyoninhokarawen, an important war chief and political figure among the Grand River Haudenosaunee (or Iroquois) in Upper Canada. Norton saw more action during the conflict than almost anyone else, being present at the fall of Detroit; the capture of Fort Niagara; the battles of Queenston Heights, Fort George, Stoney Creek, Chippawa, and Lundy’s Lane; the blockades of Fort George and Fort Erie; and a large number of skirmishes and front-line patrols. His memoir describes the fighting, the stresses suffered by indigenous peoples, and the complex relationships between the Haudenosaunee and both their British allies and other First Nations communities.

    Dr. Benns Meeting Recording:

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