Archaeological fieldwork and collections-based research began in the spring of 2016 at several historic sites in the Albany area. The eighteenth-century owners of Schuyler Flatts, the Nicoll House, and the Van Schaick Mansion all relied heavily on enslaved labor. The New York State Museum archaeologists have begun the first phase of targeted fieldwork and are working with private individuals who own artifacts from the sites to explore the history of enslaved people who lived and worked on these properties. Curator of Historical Archaeology, Dr. Michael Lucas will summarize the findings and plans for 2017.
This program includes a 20 minute talk and Dr. Lucas will be happy to answer any questions following the presentation. Participants are welcomed to bring their lunches.