Stanford Gibson Collection

copper pressure flaker

In 2009 the NYSM acquired Stanford Gibson’s collection recovered from 28 prehistoric Native American archaeological sites in central New York.  One of these, the White site in Chenango County, stands out due to its diverse artifact assemblage and the insights it revealed on Native American life ways in central New York, circa 900 A.D.  Archaeologists have noted that the White site yielded some artifacts that represent exotic imports, likely obtained from contemporaneous Native American groups elsewhere in Eastern North America, pointing to far-flung connections with groups outside New York at this time.