Christmas is Coming…It’s A Season of Joy, and a Time of Giving

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

Christmas is coming,
The goose is getting fat,
Would you please put a penny
in the old man’s hat.

If you haven’t got a penny,
A ha’ penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’ penny,
God bless you.

Holiday giving and end-of-the-year generosity are old traditions that help to cheer us through the current season’s short days and cold weather.  Recently, Curtin Archaeological has been making an annual contribution to the Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, an organization that gives small grants to assist with archaeological research in New York State.  The Funk Foundation has its own governing council (which I currently chair), but its funds are administered through an account of the New York State Museum Institute.  The Funk Foundation funds are limited and supported solely by the generosity of donors.  Typically, the Funk Foundation grants support a well-defined part of a larger project, such as paying for carbon-14 dates, faunal analysis, remote sensing, or lithic use-wear analysis.

The Funk Foundation grants have a growing record of success and impact on the field of archaeology in New York State.  Within the last month, Scott Stull has completed a report on his investigations of the 18th century sites at Fort Klock and Fort Johnson in the Mohawk valley.   A Funk Foundation grant to Scott supported a remote sensing survey.  December, 2011 also saw the publication of Donald Smith’s investigation of Native American (Owasco tradition, A.D. 900-1300) pottery from several sites in central New York State, in a study of how pottery may have been designed and manufactured with different characteristics for use in ritual and non-ritual contexts(New York State Museum Record, Volume 2).  Earlier, Angela Labrador published her analysis of Native American pottery from the mid-Hudson region (Middle Woodland period, A.D. 1-1000)  in North American Archaeologist (Volume 29), while Katy Serpa published her investigation of phytoliths from plants that were economically important in New York during the prehistoric period (in New York State Museum Bulletin 512).

If you are making end-of-the-year charitable contributions, or you still have a little generosity to share as a personal gift, please make a contribution to the Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation.  Please send your contribution to:

Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation
c/o The New York State Museum
3025 Cultural Education center
Albany, New York 12230

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