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Papers on the Paleoindian and Archaic Periods Presented at the 2014 NYSAA Annual Meeting in Oneonta

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on April 16, 2014 in Archaeology |

Buffer  On Friday, April 11 I traveled down I-88 to the Spring, 2014 meetings of the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) and the New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA).  I am always nostalgic on these trips south to communities such as Oneonta, Binghamton and Owego.  Speeding past Hudson Lake or crossing the Susquehanna River east […]

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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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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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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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Looking Down the Ice-Free Corridor: Another Side of the First Americans Story

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

BufferThere are two sides to the story of the early peopling of North America, Stuart Fiedel has reminded me in a couple of recent emails.  Stuart’s detailed criticism of the data and interpretations of the Monte Verde site (Fiedel 1999) are sometimes cited as a significant component of the debate between the Clovis-First and Pre-Clovis […]

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Discovery of Early California Sites Fascinates Students of the Past

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

Over the last few days, data on discoveries made in California’s Channel Islands by teams led by archaeologists Jon Erlandson and Torben Rick have been brought to wide circulation among archaeologists, other scientists, and the internet-reading public.  These discoveries are fascinating because (1) they are associated with very early cultures, reported to be 11,200-12,200 years […]

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