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Frontenac, Island of History

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on September 19, 2014 in Archaeology |

Buffer  If history is the process of human life experienced, symbolized, and remembered, then Frontenac Island must be one of the oldest and most significant historic places in New York State.  Frontenac Island, in Cayuga Lake at Union Springs, New York is the last of the four great Archaic period sites excavated by William A. […]

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The Lamoka Lake Site, Schuyler County, New York: Was There a Southern Connection?

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

Buffer  “the Indian Knoll culture…may have been involved in patterns of change that could explain the development of such later cultures as Riverton, or even Lamoka” (Winters 1974:xxii). Forty-two years before this assessment by Midwestern archaeologist Howard Winters, William A. Ritchie (1932:131), thought that his new discovery, the Archaic community at Lamoka Lake, arrived in […]

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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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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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