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Reconstructing Frontenac Island’s History

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on September 24, 2014 in Archaeology |

Buffer  Because history gives meaning to places, I have looked closely at reconstructing the history of Frontenac Island.  This appears to be a very long and eventful history.  Recognition of a long history stretches out the perspective of Frontenac Island in the sense that historic processes such as forming communities and mediating diverse traditions may […]

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Glimpses of Archaic Societies

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on September 9, 2014 in Archaeology |

Buffer  Many of the sites that archaeologists discover in New York State are referred to as Archaic sites:  sites occupied during the Archaic period from about 3,000-10,000 radiocarbon years ago (or, calibrated, approximately 3,300 to 11,500 calendar years ago).  Many of these sites are small and have relatively few artifacts, especially compared to Late Woodland […]

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Pethick Site Open House July 1 & 2 in Central Bridge NY

Posted by Kerry Nelson on June 28, 2013 in Archaeology |

Buffer  Join New York State Archaeologist Dr. Christina Rieth and others for an open house at the Pethick Site! The Annual Pethick Archaeological Site Open House will be held Monday, July 1st, and Tuesday, July 2nd from 10am – 2pm on Smith Road in Central Bridge. The Pethick Site is in its ninth season of excavation as an […]

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The 2013 New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) Annual Meeting

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on May 7, 2013 in Archaeology |

Buffer  On April 26-28, 2013 NYSAA held its annual meeting in Watertown, New York, in conjunction with the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) April 26 spring meeting. The NYSAA meeting was well-attended and had one of the largest programs in years, with two sessions running concurrently through much of the meeting. The keynote speaker was […]

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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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New York State Is Saying Yes to Heritage Tourism

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on July 2, 2012 in Archaeology, History |

Several Fieldnotes posts in one way or another have advocated heritage tourism. We have visited Montezuma Swamp and its ancient American Indian history, gone walking to imagine the prehistoric world, noted the rich potential for heritage tourism in Eastern New York (in resonance with John Roby’s wise words on the economy), and pointed out destinations […]

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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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The New York Archaeological Council

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on October 4, 2011 in Archaeology |

On Saturday, October 1, I attended the fall meeting of the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC), held at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York.  The New York Archaeological Council formed in 1972 as an organization of professional archaeologists whose main mission was to advocate for the identification, conservation, and wise use of archaeological […]

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Funk Foundation Presence at the Spring Archaeology Meetings in New York

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on May 9, 2011 in Archaeology, Artifacts, CRM |

The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation made presentations to the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) and the New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) at their joint meeting in Johnstown, New York, April 15-17, 2011.  Edward V.  Curtin, Jonathan Lothrop, and Wayne Lenig, all members of the Funk Foundation’s Governing Council, attended the meetings (Wayne […]

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