Today marks the official start of the 2012 New York State Archaeology season.
New York State has a rich and long history and prehistory. Each year new archaeological sites are discovered across the state. These provide important information for understanding human activity and interaction with the landscape over the last 12,000 years. However, all archaeological sites represent fragile, non-renewable resources that are in danger of being impacted on a daily basis. For more than a decade archaeologists across the state have worked together to help raise awareness of the archaeological resources of the state, as well as to encourage stewardship of these important pieces of our human history and to provide opportunities for the general public to become involved. In recognition of the fact that important archaeological work continues throughout the year, the organizations involved have decided to celebrate Archaeology Season. Archaeology Season stretches from the Spring through the Fall and offers plenty of opportunities for the public to get involved through visiting excavations in progress, attending presentations on important sites, artifact identification days, and other events. Events will be sponsored by many individuals and organizations and will take place throughout the season. A list of events can be found here.
For the next five months I’ll be giving precedence to archaeological happenings in the Empire State. Are you digging in New York? Is your research based on the Empire State’s exciting history or prehistory? Sexy Archaeology would love to help raise awareness! Send your links, stories and photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org, tag your tweets on Twitter with #NYSArch and #pubarch, and join our Facebook page.