News from the CNEHA Board
The Executive Board and the members of the Council for Northeast Historical
Archaeology wish to express our deep concern with the City Planning
Commission’s proposal to remove protections for archaeological and historical
resources in City parks. Though seemingly small in size and import,
and undeveloped because they are “open spaces,” such parcels have the
potential to contain highly significant remains from both prehistoric
and historical periods.
» Letter to New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination
The following article, Flowerdew Hundred Plantation
and the 2013 Grand National Relic Shootout, will appear in CNEHA’S
fall newsletter and is being jointly published by SHA and CNEHA regarding
the treasure hunt at Flowerdew Hundred. Also attached is a letter to
accompany the article that puts these events into a broader context.
Last March over 200 metal-detector-wielding members of a relic collectors
club descended on the historic Flowerdew Plantation and removed 8,961
metal artifacts dating to between ca. 1590 and 1865.
» Flowerdew Hundred and the 2013 Grand National Relic Shootout
» A Letter from the Chair, re: the Flowerdew Hundred Treasure Hunt
CNEHA signed America's Voice for Conservation, Recreation, and Preservation's
(AVCRP) letter to congress and supports their efforts to continue federal
investments in conservation, outdoor recreation and historic preservation.
» AVCRP's Letter to Congress
As most of you know, Flowerdew Hundred is a nationally and internationally significant property that is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been the subject of many important archaeological excavations and educational programs for the past 40 years, and as recently as 2010. Shockingly, the plantation was the site of a recent, large-scale organized metal detector “hunt” that Taft Kiser details in this piece.
October 19th is International Archaeology Day organized by the American Institute of America. International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the AIA and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada (including CNEHA), and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones.
For a list of sponsored events, see
The 2013 New Sweden 375th Anniversary Conference will take place from Nov. 8 to 10, 2013 at the University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall in Newark, Del. with a live video-feed of concurrent sessions at the University of Lund in Sweden. Entitled “Encountering ‘Others’ in the Atlantic World: Perspectives from the Material World,” the conference is an international forum on comparative colonialism that will also serve as the annual meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology and the New Sweden History Conference.
At the CNEHA 2012 Annual Meeting Patricia Sutherland presented her
research regarding the possibility of another North American Viking
settlement on Baffin Island based on her field excavations. The National
Geographic article by Heather Pringle notes that Sutherland announced
her findings at the CNEHA 2012 Annual Meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland.
» National Geographic.com
Responses to controversial television programs, like American Digger
on Spike TV and Diggers on the National Geographic Channel, that sensationalize
metal detecting and the for-profit exploitation of historic material
culture were discussed at the CNEHA 2012 Annual Meeting.
» Summary of Brainstorming Session CNEHA 2012 Annual Meeting
» Survey: Responses to Digging in America
The Archaeological Institute of America has announced that the second
National Archaeology Day will be held on October 20, 2012.
» Archaeological Institute of America.org
Letter to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, regarding proposed
budget cuts and layoffs of key professionals at Parks Canada. Canadian
members please consider contacting your local representatives and newspapers.
» Letter to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
CNEHA responds to programming debuts on Spike TV and National Geographic that encourage looting, profiteering, and the destruction of our archaeological heritage.
» Letter to Kevin Kay, President of Spike TV
» Letter to the National Geographic Society
CNEHA endorses comments and recommended updates submitted by the New
York Archaeological Council regarding the draft permitting process for
hydraulic fracturing in the State of New York.
» CNEHA Letter (pdf)
» New York Archaeological Council.org
» New York Archaeological Council Letter (pdf)
CNEHA board members attend a hearing at the Massachusetts
State House on January 24, 2012, to voice opposition to a proposed bill
that would limit the oversight authority of the Massachusetts Historical
Commission. A letter opposing the proposed legislation was submitted
in November, 2011.
» CNEHA Letter (pdf)
CNEHA signed on to a letter sponsored by America’s Voice for Conservation,
Recreation and Preservation Coalition and signed by more than 1,000
organizations asking Congress to increase funding for conservation,
historic preservation, and outdoor recreation. A letter was issued on
February 9, 2012, by the National Trust for Historic Preservation announcing
the success of this initiative.
» CNEHA Final Coalition Letter (pdf)
National Archaeology Day, October 22, 2011. CNEHA co-sponsored the
first-ever National Archaeology Day and marked the occasion at the annual
meeting in Utica.
» Archaeological Institute of America.org
CNEHA has submitted a letter of recommendation on behalf of the Historical Society of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown for an NEH grant proposal that would provide funding to archive and curate the Requa Archaeological Collection, and to make the contents of that collection available online for researchers. The Requa Collection includes material culture from and archaeological documentation for the only intact archaeological example of a tenant site from New York's Manorial Period (1664-1775).
CNEHA voices opposition to proposed job cuts at the New
York State Museum, including the positions of the State Archaeologist
and Director of the Cultural Resource Survey Program, the Curator of
Archaeology, and the Curator of Historical Archaeology.
» NYSM Layoffs (pdf)