Archaeological excavations of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century sites in New York have explored the conflict, struggles, and negotiation between indigenous peoples and waves of Europeans from the Netherlands, Germany, France, England, and elsewhere. Interpreting this complex layering of cultural encounters is difficult. Archaeological and historical research using fieldwork and existing collections continues to provide new insights into New York’s past. New research can challenge our assumptions about the past and show how the collective memory is constantly changing.
The Museum is honored to host William Starna, professor emeritus of anthropology at SUNY Oneonta; Paul Huey, retired senior archeologist at the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and Albany artist Len Tantillo, who will each provide a perspective on how New York’s colonial past has been studied, interpreted, and remembered.