Archaeology Public Day and Open House 2019

10 am-2 pm

The Pethick Site in Schoharie, N.Y. is in its 13th season of excavation as an archaeological field school co-taught by the New York State Museum and University of Albany. It is a rich and important Native American site and to date has yielded almost 500,000 artifacts and over 1,000 soil features.

Visitors are welcome to explore and talk to university students. State Archaeologist Dr. Christina Rieth and Dr. Sean Rafferty of UAlbany will look at private artifact collections, which visitors are encouraged to bring.

The site is fairly easily accessed and visitors of all ages are welcome! For safety reasons, guests will not be allowed to excavate. There is no cost for this event.


  • Take I-88w to exit 23, Schoharie/Central bridge;
  • At end of ramp, turn right at the flashing red light;
  • Turn left onto rt 30/7a;
  • Cross the Schoharie Creek, then take first left onto Smith Rd;
  • Follow to the end. The site is visible on left.