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Mission Statement

The focus of this group is on using archaeological remains to interpret the nature and results of human activity in and around New York State, as well as activities in other regions that had an impact on people living here. Archaeological research at what would become the New York State Museum (NYSM) began in 1847, when the Regents expanded the State Cabinet of Natural History to include an Historical and Antiquarian Collection. During the 20th century, seminal research in archaeology was carried out by NYSM staff members such as Arthur C. Parker, William A. Ritchie, Robert E. Funk, and William N. Fenton. Today, an active program of field and collections-based research in Native American and Euro-American archaeology, geoarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, and biological anthropology continues under staff members, museum research associates, and visiting researchers.

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