Mabee Farm to hold Early Technologies Day August 6th

Posted by Kerry Nelson on July 26, 2011 in Archaeology, Artifacts |

Kindle                                 From Pat Barrott, Mabee Farm Site Manager: Hello to all – I just want to make you aware of our 9th Annual Early Technologies Day taking place on August 6th from 10 am – 4 pm at the […]


August Reading for Archaeologists-Adventurous Fiction for People with Heads Full of Facts

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on July 25, 2011 in Archaeology, Book Reviews |

It’s July.  You’re on an archaeological survey in the uplands west of the Hudson River, south of the Mohawk.  It’s hot and humid.  You peer through the haze.  You have your doubts that you will find anything because the soil is poorly drained clay, and you don’t completely buy the argument that something important might […]

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NYSM Archaeology Layoffs Have Been Rescinded…For Now

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on July 19, 2011 in Archaeology |

In a follow-up to earlier posts concerning the impending layoffs of the State Archaeologist and the Archaeology Curators at the New York State Museum, it was announced over the week-end that an agreement has been reached between the Public Employees Federation (PEF) and New York State, allowing the layoffs to be rescinded.  In order for […]

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A Trip to the New York State Museum, December 2, 2010

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on July 14, 2011 in Archaeology |

Upon occasion, my work takes me to the New York State Museum to consult with scientists or to use the archaeological collections.  I made one such trip on December 2, 2010 in order to study the artifacts from the Vosburg site, an Archaic period (3,000-10,000 years old) site located in Guilderland, New York.  I did […]

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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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