NYSAA News

  • Sullivan-Clinton Campaign Against the Iroquois 1779 – Symposium

    The Fort Plain Museum presents the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign Against the Iroquois 1779 Symposium held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, pre-registration is recommended, walk-ins are welcomed. We have several leading experts giving several perspectives and logistics of the campaign. We will also end the program with a panel discussion, this is a great opportunity to have your voice heard on a controversial topic. All proceeds from this event, will go towards preservation and exhibition of the Museum’s American Indian artifacts.

    The lineup of topics and speakers include:

    • Not Overrun but Destroy: The Iroquois Campaign of 1779 – Glenn F. Williams
    • Total Destruction and Devastation: the George Washington We Remember – G. Peter Jemison
    • Making the Most of a Little: The Evolution of an American Strategy for 1779 – Joseph R. Fischer
    • Amateurs Talk About Tactics, but Professionals Study Logistics: Supplying the Sullivan Expedition of 1779 – Robert Mulligan
    • Clinton’s Dam: Colonial and Native Contexts – William A. Starna
    • From the Mohawk to the Susquehanna: Clinton’s Brigade route across the Portage in 1779 – Wayne Lenig

    Visit our website for more information and to register: fortplainmuseum.com/viewevent

  • Fall 2019 Fieldwork Opportunity at the OPS Paleoindian Site

    Fieldwork Paleoindian SiteThe New York State Museum, with the NYSAA Beauchamp chapter as local host, is investigating the OPS Paleoindian site in Canastota, Madison County. Following a productive excavation week in July, we are returning to OPS for the weeks of September 9-13 and September 16-20. Now in our fifth field season, this project represents the first full-scale excavation of a Crowfield fluted point site in the New York region (dating to circa 12,000-11,600 years before present).

    Fieldwork to date has recovered Crowfield fluted points, endscrapers, side scrapers, gravers, and flaking debris from fluted point manufacture. These artifacts were mostly made of high-grade Esopus chert, mined to the east in the Mohawk Valley. In September, we will expand our block excavations to continue sampling Paleoindian activity areas at this very important Ice Age site. We invite NYSAA members and interested individuals to volunteer with us for 1 to 2 days or for the full two-week session. Please contact NYSM archaeology collections manager Andrea Lain [Andrea.Lain@nysed.gov or (518) 486-2334] for details and to schedule volunteering. Join us in our search to uncover evidence of the first peoples of the New York region!

    Fall 2019 Fieldwork Opportunity (11.8 KiB)

  • Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc.

    Fall 2019 Solicitation for 2019-2020 Grant Cycle

    The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. is soliciting grant applications for the fall of 2019, for the 2019-2020 grant cycle. 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.

    The Fall 2019-20 grant application deadline is September 30, 2019; applications must be electronically submitted on or before this date. Awardees will be informed of the Board’s decision by October 30, 2019. Application guidelines and information are available on-line at: Funk Foundation.org Application Forms or by email request to the Foundation board President Ed Curtin

    Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. Fall 2019 Solicitation for 2019-2020 Grant Cycle (46.8 KiB)

  • Summer 2019 Archaeology Field Opportunity

    The Lewis Henry Morgan Chapter summer dig will take place at the Tram site August 10-11 and August 17-18. The Morgan Chapter has investigated the site since 2017. The Tram Site (Hne 6-4) was a large, palisaded Seneca Iroquois village of an estimated 800 to 1000 persons who resided there from about A.D. 1580 to 1595. Traces of the palisade enclosure (i.e., oval ditch and embankments) still remained when a Smithsonian survey of the site was undertaken by Ephraim Squier around 1850, but these have now all but disappeared. Although we know a great deal about the material culture of these people through excavations that have taken place at the site over the last 160+ years, the extent of the village and the size and distribution of the residential structures in it remain open to question. There is slight evidence that the palisade may have been repositioned—either to expand or contract the size of the village, at some point in its history. Last season we found a series of postmolds in two units that may be the palisade or a longhouse. We will work on identifying the nature of these features which may help clarify the extent of the village.
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  • 2019 Funk Foundation Grant Application

    The 2019 Funk Foundation grant application is available here for download.

    The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. is initiating a 2019 grant application and funding cycle for grants of up to $2,500.00. The Funk Foundation grants support archaeological research conducted in New York State or on archaeological collections from New York State.

    These grants are ideal to assist portions of stand-alone research projects or studies that are parts of larger projects. For example, Funk Foundation grants have been used successfully to support a range of services such as faunal analysis, radiocarbon dating, petrographic slides, remote sensing, and isotope analysis.
    Grant applications must be received by May 10, 2019.

    The Funk Foundation’s 2019 Grant Cycle (58.1 KiB)

  • NYAC/NYSAA Spring Conference Information

    April 26-28, 2019
    Holiday Inn, Johnstown, NY
    Hosted by Van Epps-Hartley Chapter

    The Van Epps-Hartley chapter is proud to host the 103rd Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) and the annual Spring Meeting of the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC).

    The NYAC spring meeting will be held Friday afternoon at the conference hotel. Conference tours will include Fort Johnson on Friday afternoon and the Schenectady Stockade on Sunday afternoon.

    NYAC/NYSAA Spring Conference Preliminary Program 2019 (1.7 MiB)

  • NYSAA 103rd Annual Meeting

    April 26-28, 2019
    Holiday Inn, Johnstown, NY

    Call for Papers

    Abstracts, authors, affiliation and AV preferences must be received by March 1, 2019 for consideration. Meeting registration must be pre-paid by April 1, 2019.

    The Van Epps-Hartley chapter is proud to host the 103rd Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) and the annual Spring Meeting of the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC).

    The NYAC spring meeting will be held Friday afternoon at the conference hotel. Conference tours will include Fort Johnson on Friday afternoon and the Schenectady Stockade on Sunday afternoon.

    Our special guest speaker for the Saturday banquet will be Dr. David Givens, who will present on the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. All events will be held at the Holiday Inn, located at 308 N. Comrie Avenue, Johnstown, NY.

      NYSAA 2019 Call for Papers (65.2 KiB)

  • Dig This Opportunity!

    Excavation Volunteers Needed

    We are writing to make you aware of a very special excavation coming up in September, 2018. Excavation volunteers are encouraged to join Jonathan Lothrop, Curator of Archaeology, and the New York State Museum team as we continue our excavation of the Owlville Pine, South site in Canastota, NY. Owlville Pine, South is a Crowfield Paleoindian site dating back approximately 12,000 years. Crowfield habitation sites are extremely rare, and the Crowfield people are among the least understood of the Paleoindian groups that visited New York State.

    We will be digging from September 10-14 and then again from September 17-21. No prior experience is necessary. We welcome volunteers to join us for a few days or for the entire 2 weeks, whatever fits your schedule. For more information please contact Mike Beardsley at 315-345-5094 or email Mike at casketeer@aol.com. You may also contact Jon Lothrop at jonathan.lothrop@nysed.gov or at 518-486-2992 after September 4th.

  • Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Fund 2018

    AWARD OF $750
    &
    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, underwater archaeology or museology); and have a financial need.

    Beauchamp Scholarship Announcement (64.9 KiB)

  • 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)