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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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Upcoming Presentation on Archaeology in Albany’s South End

Posted by Kerry Nelson on February 17, 2014 in Archaeology, History |

Buffer  Join us this Wednesday, February 19, at the John A. Howe Branch of Albany Public Library, 105 Schuyler Street, Albany, for a presentation on recent archaeological investigations in Albany’s South End. Light refreshments will be provided at 6:00 p.m., and Edward Curtin will give a presentation followed by a Q&A session at 7:00 p.m. […]

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History and Archaeology in Albany’s South End, Part 2: The Late 19th Century Households at 15 Alexander and 70 Broad Streets

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on January 29, 2014 in Archaeology |

Buffer  Broad Street, 2012. Three teen boys made their way up Broad Street. Jay said good-bye to his friends at Fourth Avenue and continued up the street, past the new homes at the corner of Third. They had stopped by the archaeological dig on Alexander Street again today. They had watched for a while and […]

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History and Archaeology in Albany’s South End: Recent Investigations

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

Buffer  Near the corner of Broad and Alexander Streets, Albany, New York, 2012. About 8:00 AM on an overcast day archaeological field workers are gathering to begin the day’s work. Exchanging good mornings, they finish their coffee and move field equipment from their vehicles parked along Broad Street to the two nearby dig sites at […]

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It Was Forty Years Ago Today (On Getting Started in Archaeology)

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on December 30, 2013 in Archaeology |

Buffer  Since it is December 25 as I write this, I know exactly where I was 40 years ago today: I was at my parents’ home in Geneva, New York for Christmas, following my first season of field experience in archaeology. I had looked forward to my fall field school class since the spring, when […]

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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 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 Enigmatic Archaic Site at Lamoka Lake, New York

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

Buffer  Arthur Parker had long suspected that New York State’s prehistoric past featured a very ancient era before the invention of pottery and agriculture. By the early 1920s, he referred to this poorly-documented period as the Archaic Algonkian (Parker 1922). He also recognized another early culture that he called Eskimo-like due to the presence in […]

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Field Techs needed for Eastern New York Work Beginning 6/12

Posted by Kerry Nelson on June 6, 2013 in Archaeology |

Buffer  Curtin Archaeological Consulting, Inc. is seeking local temporary full time field technicians for 2+ weeks of work beginning 6/12. Projects are in Warren and Schoharie Counties, New York. Starting pay is $12 per hour.  Please email resumes, or if you’ve recently sent a resume, a note about your availability, to jobs-at-curtinarchaeology.com.      

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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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