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The Enigmatic Archaic Site at Lamoka Lake, New York

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

Buffer  Arthur Parker had long suspected that New York State’s prehistoric past featured a very ancient era before the invention of pottery and agriculture. By the early 1920s, he referred to this poorly-documented period as the Archaic Algonkian (Parker 1922). He also recognized another early culture that he called Eskimo-like due to the presence in […]

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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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Relax with Some Summer Reading

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on July 23, 2012 in Archaeology, Book Reviews |

While conducting a Phase 1 archaeological survey on the hottest day of the year in the Town of Schodack, in New York’s Hudson Valley, my thoughts drifted occasionally away from the heat and insects to books I have enjoyed. Imagine you are there in the woods on a hot day in July. It’s humid and […]

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“If I have seen farther…” Why State Archaeologists, Archaeology Curators, and State Museums Are Important

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on July 8, 2011 in Archaeology |

Kindle “If I have seen farther” Isaac Newton said, “it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” And so he acknowledged his debt to those on whose work his great achievements were based.  The prominent American sociologist, Robert K. Merton, delving deeper into Newton’s aphorism, found that the Romans, too, knew about standing on […]

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A CALAMITOUS DAY FOR NEW YORK STATE ARCHAEOLOGY: MARCH 29, 1911

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on March 29, 2011 in Archaeology, Artifacts |

100 years ago, early in the morning of March 29, 1911, a great fire destroyed much of the New York State Capitol building, including most of the holdings of the New York State Library, as well as much of the large archaeological and ethnological collections that were on display on the building’s fourth floor

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