An Inside View of an Archaeological Project: The Adam Shafer Site in Cobleskill, Schoharie County, New York

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

Buffer  In 2011, construction planning of a new agricultural and environmental resources center at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill required that a Phase 1 archaeological survey be performed before construction could be permitted.  Curtin Archaeological Consulting, Inc. performed this survey, finding evidence that part of the site had been used by […]


Understanding Chert in the Mid-Hudson Valley: A Note on a Recent Workshop and Field Trip

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on November 17, 2014 in Archaeology |

Buffer    On November 1, 2014 a group of archaeologists and geologists participated in a workshop on chert at the New York State Museum, and then left in a caravan of cars, trucks and vans for a field trip to chert-bearing sites located in Greene and Ulster Counties.  This is the second of a projected […]

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Archaeological Memoir: Sharing Our Histories on Social Media

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on November 13, 2014 in Archaeology |

Buffer  Arguably, archaeology is one of the youngest sciences, and one that has expanded enormously since the 1970s.  It seems imperative to me that archaeologists document their profession, especially involving their own careers, and be aware of the important role of social media in doing so. As I reflect on articles I have posted, I realize […]


Review of Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on October 21, 2014 in Archaeology, Book Reviews |

Buffer    Getting ready for a short Adirondack vacation, I packed the usual:  more books than I could possibly read in 2 or 3 days.  What does an archaeologist bring on vacation to read?  Dusty old tomes containing hidden gems embedded in dull recitations of fact?  No.  I packed In the Garden of Beasts by […]

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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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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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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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Being Present for Archaeology (A Perspective from the Trowel’s Edge)

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on August 18, 2014 in Archaeology, CRM |

Buffer  After completing the recent 4-week archaeological data recovery program in Coxsackie, I heard that my field technicians liked that I worked with them and explained regularly (perhaps incessantly) what we were doing and what our findings meant to the interpretation of local archaeology.  To me, it seemed natural that I would work this way.  […]


Field Techs, Crew Chief Needed for Work in Coxsackie, Hudson Valley, New York, July 14-August 8, 2014

Posted by Kerry Nelson on June 30, 2014 in Archaeology, CRM |

Buffer  Curtin Archaeological Consulting, Inc. is seeking local temporary full-time field technicians as well as a crew chief for work on a Phase III archaeological data recovery project for four weeks, July 14-August 8, 2014. The Phase III Data Recovery project is focused on two pre-contact period sites that have produced Early and Middle Archaic […]


Spring 2014 Meeting of the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC)

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on April 22, 2014 in Archaeology |

Buffer  The New York Archaeological Council met in Oneonta, New York on Friday, April 11, 2014.  The business meeting was followed by a presentation on the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) by NYAC’s guest, Patrick Garrow, President of RPA.  This report summarizes some of the highlights of the meeting: Report on the Robert E. Funk […]

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