Thursday, February 20, 2020

NYSAA News

New York State Archaeology Season
  • New York State Archaeological Association 104th Annual Conference

    The 104th annual conference of the NYSAA will take place April 24-26, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah Hotel in Suffern, NY. Attached are the registration for the conference, the call for papers and information about the conference. Deadline for the hotel conference rate is March 27th.

    The Incorporated Orange County Chapter is proud to host the 104st 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 and the NYSAA annual business meeting will be held Friday evening. NYSAA Paper presentations will be Saturday morning through the afternoon, and resume Sunday morning. The NYSAA annual banquet, awards ceremony and special guest speaker will be Saturday evening. Tours will take place on Friday morning and afternoon, and on Sunday afternoon. Tour details and other nearby museum information may be found with the links below.

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  • 2020 Daniel Weiskotten NYSAA Scholarship

    Hello friends,

    We are pleased to announce the 2020 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.

    New for 2020 is that our scholarship has been increased to $1,000!

    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 February 28th, 2020.

    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 Weiskotten Scholarship Program
    William Beauchamp Chapter, NYSAA

    Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship (62.7 KiB)

  • First Call for Papers

    104th Annual Meeting

    April 24-26, 2020

    New York State Archeological Association

    Hosted by the Incorporated Orange County Chapter

    The Orange County Chapter is excited to host next year’s annual meeting of the NYSAA. The meeting will take place in the scenic lower Hudson Valley at the Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah ( 3 Executive Blvd., Suffern NY 10901). For hotel reservations contact the hotel by March 27, 2020 to receive group rate of $121/night.

    tele: (845) 357-4800 website: www.cpsuffernhotel.com Group Code: SAA

    The New York Archaeological Council will hold its annual meeting on Friday, April 24. The NYSAA business meeting will take place Friday evening, April 24. Paper and poster sessions will be held Saturday, April 25 and Sunday morning, April 26. The annual banquet and awards ceremony will take place Saturday evening, April 25. A book sale room will also be available on Saturday and Sunday.

    NYSAA Call for Papers 2020 (67.1 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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