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William A. Ritchie, Robert E. Funk, and the Archaic Period in New York State Archaeology

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on March 12, 2013 in Archaeology |

Buffer  The Archaic period, 3,000-10,000 years before present (BP) saw human adaptation to temperate, eastern woodlands environments after the Ice Age, and no doubt also witnessed population growth, human migration, and interactions between different societies as the environment changed and innovations were made in technology and subsistence. Archaic societies were hunters-gatherers, although the ways they […]

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Walking in October Light: A Memory of Learning about the Archaic Period

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on October 29, 2012 in Archaeology |

Buffer(This is the third in a series of posts on the Archaic period in New York State) This month as I drive down narrow country roads on my way to work, the sunlight shines at low angles through the tree canopies ahead, reminding me of an earlier time when I walked through October light in […]

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Before the Battle of Wilton: Native American Campsites near the Great Northern Trail

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on October 22, 2012 in Archaeology |

Buffer(This is the fourth in a series on history and archaeology in upstate New York communities) The investigation of 708 Route 9 Precontact Sites 1-4 was conducted before construction in order to recover important archaeological information. Not all of the sites were equally productive of new information, but Site 1 yielded data that offer a […]

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Fieldnotes Says Hello to 2012

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on January 31, 2012 in Archaeology |

Over the past year, our archaeological surveys taken us to communities across eastern New York such as Queensbury, Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta, Saratoga Springs, Wilton, Ballston and Ballston Spa, Mechanicville, Albany, Bethlehem, Niskayuna, Johnstown, Argyle, Coxsackie, Colonie, Cohoes, and Cobleskill.  In our spare moments we try to bring you our thoughts and an occasional nice […]

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Papers on the Archaic Period Presented at the 2011 NYSAA Annual Meeting

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on April 21, 2011 in Archaeology, Artifacts, CRM, Uncategorized |

On Saturday morning, April 16, several of the papers presented at the annual meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association focused on the Archaic period in eastern New York State.  Adam Luscier led the session off with a paper on the Dunes Site, which was excavated in advance of construction of the Luther Forest […]

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