Monday, January 17, 2022

NYSAA News

New York State Archaeology Season
  • 2022 Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Award Program

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

    Administered by the

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

    The deadline for the 2022 Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Award is March 1st.

    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 1st, 2022.  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 1st, and select the award recipient.

    The award winner will be announced no later than April 15th, 2022.

    2022 Daniel H. Weiskotten Scholarship Award Program (103.8 KiB)

  • Richard Grubb and Associates is seeking an Archaeologist

    Principal Investigator – New Jersey/Philadelphia

    Richard Grubb and Associates is seeking an Archaeologist to be based out of Cranbury, NJ or
    Philadelphia, PA office. This position will be based remotely at this time due to COVID-19.
    However, applicants should be available to travel to project sites in the NJ/DE/PA/NY area as
    necessary for site visits and fieldwork duties. Prior work experience in the mid-Atlantic preferred
    but not necessarily required.

    Principal Investigator responsibilities include:

    • Direct, plan, organize, and manage archaeological surveys, site recordation,
      monitoring, and other fieldwork duties in New Jersey and surrounding states.
    • Supervise a crew chief with multiple crews on large projects when necessary.
    • Archaeological monitoring and reporting
    • Prepare archaeological survey reports, including technical writing.
    • Communicate with project managers on survey results

    Qualified applicants must possess:

    • MA/MS or Ph.D. degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or related field.
    • Experience with the archaeology, prehistory, history and/or industrial history of the
      Mid-Atlantic region (preferred)
    • A working knowledge of NEPA and Section 106.
    • Technical writing, communication, and problem-solving skills.
    • Collegiality in working with architectural historians and historians as part of a team
      environment.
    • Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) designation preferred
    • Ability to prepare technical and cost proposals a plus

    This is a full-time position and compensation includes a complete benefits package. Salary is
    dependent upon qualifications.

    To be considered for this opportunity, please email a cover letter and resume/CV detailing
    education and work experience to:

    Richard Grubb, Vice President
    rgrubb@rgaincorporated.com

    RGA is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds,
    cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish. RGA is an equal-opportunity employer, and all
    qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
    national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. RGA
    is a Drug-Free Workplace.

    RGA participates in E-Verify

    NJ Principal Investigator 2021 Job Description (75.4 KiB)

  • Eastern States Archaeological Federation Annual Meeting

    November 5-7, 2021

    Dear NYSAA and NYAC Members:

    The 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern States Archeological Federation is fast approaching, and will be held Friday through Sunday, November 5-7, 2021, live streamed on Zoom in a virtual format.

    • On Friday, ESAF members are invited to attend the general business meeting, via Zoom:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84108166763?pwd=Wk02dGwrb1E3dk5DSXZCb2RrakJwQT09

    • The meeting program (see attached) includes two general sessions of paper presentations, on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 
    • Saturday afternoon features a session titled “Paleoindian Lifeways in the Northeast, 13,000 to 10,000 years BP,” organized by Zachary Singer and David Leslie.
    • At 7 PM on Saturday evening, November 6, we are very excited to host Dr. Jennifer Birch from the University of Georgia, who will present on her topic, “Turning Chronologies into Chronicles: Refined Radiocarbon Dating in Northeastern Archaeology.” 
    • And at 8:30 PM on Saturday, we’ll host the traditional Canadian-American Friendship Party (BYOB!).

    The 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern States Archaeological Federation

    ESAF Program & Abstracts (197.5 KiB)

    Register with PayPal

    PayPal registration has been extended through Saturday, November 6, 2021, and it’s a steal!  $15 for general registrants and $10 for students. Please go to the ESAF website link for the annual meeting at

    https://esaf-archeology.org/annual-meeting.html

    – After registering, you will be sent a Zoom link to attend.

    Looking forward to seeing you virtually!

     

  • NYSAA November Lecture with Dr. Allison McGovern

    In this presentation, Dr. Allison McGovern will discuss the results of recent archaeological investigations carried out in the Lower East Side of NYC. This neighborhood became home to a sizable European-Jewish population in the late 19th century, and a methodology was developed for investigating the archaeological potential for most of one city-block in relation to this history. The results of the investigation shed light on development and redevelopment of the neighborhood, and its impacts on archaeological traces at an urban site.

    NYSAA November Lecture with Dr. Allison McGovern Flyer (688.1 KiB)

    Please join us Tuesday, November 9th 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.

    Please Register to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctduyrqz4iGNOEvN_C9wQG5bw6L5lDNedL

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

     

  • 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 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:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoduiqrDovHd3c2hWaKeiwmRDvtwv-MP-3

    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.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvdumurz4sEtyOk8YIFfmKiE-whSmsIfmb

    (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.

    Update

    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 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. 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIude6uqTkjGt2Fu6zWWR79ySuocgmfBGyB

     
  • 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:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclduiqrjwoH9zsC-BE7F7AY3Ord81p89g-

    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)

    Update

    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.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/RUHtjeR0fUO4Czyc-mVj4NgArSLx3k_hE5v8oLQm2AHljLfuWPcSQ54VmNb9wkkW._D1Xaoi5q2Sirjua 

    Passcode: 8FBaXj@^

    The talk begins at the 1.23.51 mark.

  • 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

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