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Let’s Not Stumble on the Road to Economic Recovery

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on June 8, 2012 in Archaeology, CRM, History |

On May 28, 2012 John R. Roby posted a very interesting article on the bad economy’s effect upon archaeology, arguing persuasively that less budget-cutting and more support of archaeology, parks, and historic preservation is called for in the economic recovery.  He points out the devastation to archaeology programs at Parks Canada due to draconian budget […]

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January in June? 1816, the Year without a Summer

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on June 6, 2012 in Archaeology, Paleoecology |

Kindle(This is the eighth in a series of posts about the environmental context of human ecosystems and archaeological sites in eastern North America) On this morning’s weather report, WNYT Channel 13 in Albany recalled a Ballston Spa, New York newspaper story from 1816:  June 6, 1816 dawned cold and snowy.  According to the Channel 13 […]

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Hydrofracking, Regulation, and Archaeology

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on May 17, 2012 in Archaeology |

Wednesday morning I turned on Albany, New York’s WNYT news and saw the actor Mark Ruffalo speaking in an interview about Tuesday’s protest against New York State’s permitting of hydrofracking in upstate New York.  Ruffalo, who lives in upstate New York, offered the opinion that hydrofracking will either be “banned” or “heavily, heavily, heavily, heavily […]

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In Case You Haven’t Seen It: Scientific American Reports on Paleoindian Origins, Hydrofracking

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on November 9, 2011 in Archaeology |

Scientific American has been reporting for over 150 years on a variety of nuts and bolts as well as cutting edge subjects in science, math, and engineering, covering a range of perspectives on scientific method, theories (and their revision), and the intersections of science, society, ethics, and economics.  The November 2011 issue has articles on […]

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State Professional Workers Union Approves Contract: Threat of Archaeologist Layoffs is Averted

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on November 3, 2011 in Archaeology, Museums |

Earlier this afternoon, the Public Employees Federation (PEF) announced that its proposed contract with the State of New York has been ratified by its membership by a more than 2 to 1 margin.  Congratulations to the PEF members who considered the new proposal and expressed their position by voting on it.  The State Museum scientist […]

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Shaping the Forest with Fire-A Very Old Native American Practice

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on October 13, 2011 in Archaeology, Paleoecology |

Kindle(This is the fifth in a series of posts about the environmental context of human ecosystems and archaeological sites in eastern North America, ca. AD 800-1700). A press release last year by the University of Manchester (2010) reported on the oldest evidence of a dwelling yet found in England, some 10,500 years old.  It also […]

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New York State Contract Negotiations Affecting Archaeologists Continue

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on October 7, 2011 in Archaeology, Museums |

The Associated Press reports this afternoon that Governor Andrew Cuomo has indicated that he would consider a shorter, 3-year contract with the Public Employees Federation (PEF), allowing PEF to renegotiate the contract earlier, and potentially at a time when the state’s economy will have improved.  The contract that PEF membership has rejected was for five […]

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Archaeology and History Events Around the Capital Region and Beyond, Sept. 16-18

Posted by Kerry Nelson on September 16, 2011 in Archaeology, Artifacts, History, Museums |

Archaeology and history buffs in and around Eastern New York will have some tough choices to make this weekend.  Here’s a run down of events. Hat tip to New York History Blog for several of these. Our own Ed Curtin will be giving a talk entitled “The Missing 2000 Years: The Continuing Mystery of the […]

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The Missing 2000 Years: The Continuing Mystery of the Earliest Archaic in the Hudson Valley

Posted by Kerry Nelson on September 12, 2011 in Archaeology, Artifacts |

Ed Curtin of Curtin Archaeological Consulting Inc. and the Van Epps-Hartley Chapter, NYSAA will be giving a talk Friday, September 16, 2011 at 7:30 at the Mulberry House Senior Center, 62-70 West Main Street, Middletown, New York.  The talk, entitled:  “The Missing 2000 Years: The Continuing Mystery of the Earliest Archaic in the Hudson Valley” […]

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Hurricanes, Museums, and Disaster Preparedness

Posted by Kerry Nelson on August 30, 2011 in Archaeology, Artifacts, CRM, History, Museums |

Guy Park in Amsterdam, New York was severely damaged by flooding of the Mohawk River after Hurricane Irene.  A corner of the building was ripped off by the flood waters, which rose as high as the first floor windows at one point. Guy Park was the colonial home of Guy Johnson, the nephew and son-in-law […]

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