Archaeology Survey

Attention New York State Archaeologists: A survey is being conducted as part of a graduate archaeology dissertation project assessing certain current aspects of archaeology in New York State as of the end of 2015. If you have the opportunity to identify some contemporary archaeological practices and experiences in New York State, your involvement in them, and to express your preferences and opinions regarding them, please click the link below. Open till 15 Apr 2016.

SUBMERGED FORTRESS OF DOOM: An island fort under the St. Lawrence River

Check out this post on the remains of Fort Royale in the St. Lawrence River.


My concept sketch of how the fort would have looked on Isle Royale in 1759. A concept sketch of how the fort would have looked on Isle Royale in 1759.

Flooded by the St. Lawrence Seaway project, the remains of the island fort are currently underwater. Flooded by the St. Lawrence Seaway project, whatever remains of the 1759 island fort are currently underwater.

A 250 year old island stronghold underwater near Prescott, On

Driving south of Ottawa on the 416 for about an hour you can cross the border into the United States over a bridge which spans the St. Lawrence River near Prescott. Like thousands of others travelers, I’ve crossed the suspension bridge at a great height over the water and islands below, gazing in wonder at the mighty river that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. But it is only now that I am discovering there is a submerged fortress island of great historical significance in the waters below.


When you think about old forts in the area, you usually think of Fort Henry in Kingston, but…

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New York State Archaeological Association 99th Annual Meeting & Conference


New York State Archaeological Association 99th Annual Meeting & Conference

May 1-3, 2015
Ramada Inn, Watertown, NY

The Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands Chapters are proud to host the 99th Annual Meeting & Conference of the New York State Archaeological Association and the annual Fall meeting of the New York Archaeological Council. NYAC will meet Friday. The NYSAA annual business meeting will be Friday evening, with the paper presentations Saturday and Sunday morning. The annual banquet, awards ceremony and special guest speaker will be held Saturday evening. Our special guest speaker for Saturday evening’s banquet will be Dr. Darrin Lowery, topic TBA. All events will be at the Ramada Inn, conveniently located at Exit 45 off I-81.

Call for Papers

This is an open call for papers for anyone interested in submitting abstracts for papers or posters on any subject of interest in the archaeology of New York and adjoining regions. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length. One paper/poster per presenter- although individuals may coauthor multiple papers. All presenters must register for the conference. Abstracts, authors, affiliation and AV preferences must be received by March 1, 2015 for consideration.

Call for Papers Submission Information

Meeting registration must be pre-paid by April 1, 2015, or your paper will be dropped from the program. Please send your title, abstract, A/V preference and contact address to: Wendy Bacon.


The registration form can be found here.

My Big, Sexy Archaeology Themed Engagement

Archaeology themed engagement: Success.

A recent family archaeology project with our kids proved to be a big day for Mommy.  While cleaning mock artifacts, sorting bones and plate fragments, and working diligently to sketch the finds from our fictional farmstead we discovered a diamond ring at the bottom of the finds bag.  It was exactly what my girlfriend wanted.  Needless to say, our toddler was quite upset that she did not get to keep it.


Now as for the archaeology themed wedding… that’s going to require a bit more negotiation.

Call to Arms: Please ask Channel 4 to Commission a Special ‘One-Off’ Dig in memory of Mick Aston


When studying at the University of Bristol, I had the distinct pleasure of working with Mick Aston both in the classroom and on Time Team.  Mick was a fantastic individual; brimming with knowledge, incredibly outgoing, and a genuinely nice person.

Lee Brady recently started a petition encouraging the UK’s Channel 4 to produce a one-off televised dig in memory of Mick.  Time Team, which ran for an astounding 20 season, was axed by Channel 4 in 2013.  This presentation would be an outstanding way to pay tribute to Mick, a man whose legacy as both a professor and a professional should not be forgotten.

Please take the time to follow the link below and support this fantastic petition.

Sign the petition here.

Afterwards, be sure to share your support on social media.  Visit the Facebook page ( and tag your posts with #Dig4Mick.

Book Recommendation: The Dead Travel Fast

thedeadtravelfastRoughly a year ago, I reviewed Skendleby, a mindblowing archaeo-horror/mystery by archaeologist and author Nick Brown.  I’m thrilled to say that the second book in his Ancient Gramarye series, The Dead Travel Fast, is now available for public consumption.

Now I really despise spoilers and I’d hate to give away too many details of this novel’s well weaved plot.  I’ll do my best to tease the central story and fill you in on what kept me turning pages late into the night.

The story picks up some time after the events of Skendleby.  Archaeologist Steve Watkins has relocated to the island of Samos, off the coast of Greece, in a last ditch effort to put the horrors of the previous year behind him.  Unbeknownst he’s traded one mystical calamity for another.  As he soon learns, Samos is being plagued by a series of brutal ritualistic murders, which as you can imagine Steve is bound to become embroiled in.  Steve is joined by a cast of interesting new characters, as well as some old familiars.  Theodrakis, a detective working to solve the murders, is a new entry and shares the stage with Steve in this novel.  He’s a tortured man facing an uphill battle with a supernatural foe and dastardly co-workers.  Brown’s characters are gritty and real, constantly drawing the short straw but never giving up.  Equally important is the island of Samos, which Brown proves he has an intimate familiarity with.  Samos history and environment are every bit as important to the plot as is the cast of characters who inhabit the island.

It is no secret that Brown knits his personal experiences into each story.  His knowledge of Ancient Greek culture was on full display in Luck Bringer.  This novel, too, uses the mythos and history of Ancient Greek as a foundation while capturing the modern day socio-economic turmoil currently eating away at Greece.  Brown weaves his fictional narrative around these pillars to create a story that gets progressively worse for the beleaguered protagonists.  All the better read for us!  If Skendelby set the bar for this series, The Dead Travel Fast, raises the bar by dropping the floor out from under you.

I’m anxiously awaiting the third entry into the series to see what additional miseries Brown can pour into his characters’ lives.  The Dead Travel Fast is published by Clink Street Publishing and is available via online retailers in paperback and for e-readers.  You can get your copy by clicking here: The Dead Travel Fast (Ancient Gramarye)

Aluminum Debris Identified as Amelia Earhart Artifact


A piece of aluminum recovered from Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, has been identified to a high degree of certainty as a patch that had been applied to Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra on a stop during her attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The repair can been seen in a photograph published in the Miami Herald on June 1, 1937. The aluminum debris was discovered on the island in 1991 by researchers from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). They compared the patch’s dimensions and features with the window of a Lockheed Electra being restored at Wichita Air Services in Newton, Kansas. “Its complex fingerprint of dimensions, proportions, materials and rivet patterns was as unique to Earhart’s Electra as a fingerprint is to an individual,” Rick Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, told Discovery News. He adds that the piece of the plane provides strong circumstantial evidence that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, landed on Nikumaroro’s coral reef and eventually died there as castaways. TIGHAR will continue to look for wreckage of the lost aircraft, thought to have washed into the ocean, next summer, beginning at a possible site 600 feet underwater.