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The Archaic Period Archaeological Sites at Brewerton, New York

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on May 30, 2013 in Archaeology |

Buffer  Exploring archaeological sites at Brewerton, New York, the famous archaeologist William A. Ritchie (1946:1) found it fitting to consider (with due irony) the opinion of the 1790s French traveler, le duc de La Rouchefoucauld Liancourt. While camped at Fort Brewerton (built in the 1750s near the outlet of Oneida Lake), Liancourt remarked that America […]

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Way Down Below the Ocean…Rising Sea-Level and the Atlantean Realms of the Post-Glacial World

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on April 18, 2013 in Archaeology |

Buffer  Sea level has been rising since the glaciers of the last ice age began to melt about 18,000 years ago. In a December 2012 National Geographic article, Laura Spinney brought us a story on evidence of sea level change in the North Sea and adjacent estuaries and shores. In this article, we learn the […]

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Early to Middle Archaic: Glimpses of Early Ways of Life in Greene County, New York

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on April 4, 2013 in Archaeology |

Buffer  Since the days in the 1920s when the New York State Museum’s Arthur Parker (1924) excavated at Coxsackie’s Flint Mine Hill, the flats, ridges, and stream-sides of eastern Greene County, New York, have drawn the attention of archaeologists. Archaeological sites are abundant here, as are important sources of material for prehistoric stone industry in […]

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Paleoindian to Archaic in Saratoga County, New York

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on March 27, 2013 in Archaeology |

Buffer  Archaeologists cite 10,000 radiocarbon years Before Present (BP) as the end of the Paleoindian period and the beginning of the Archaic. This reflects a certain reality in the approximate timing of technological change in many regions, but as a year 10,000 BP is arbitrary. In northern New York cultures using lanceolate projectile points, most […]

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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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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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New Archaeological Discoveries in the Town of Wilton, Saratoga County, New York

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on October 18, 2012 in Archaeology |

Buffer(This is the third in a series on history and archaeology in upstate New York communities) Until recently, archaeologists combing archives for information on ancient Indian sites in the Town of Wilton, Saratoga County, New York have been able to identify only sparse references. These include a report from the 1950s of an approximately 13,000 […]

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An Early Archaic Radiocarbon Date from Wilton, New York

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on September 5, 2012 in Archaeology |

Kindle(This is the second in a series of posts on the Archaic period in New York State) Last week the radiocarbon dating firm Beta-Analytic, Inc. provided a radiocarbon date for an archaeological feature excavated by Curtin Archaeological in the Town of Wilton, Saratoga County, New York. The date is 8760 +/- 40 years before present […]

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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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