The State Museum recently acquired an archaeological collection from the former Institute for Long Island Archaeology at Stony Brook University. This collection consists of artifacts from 47 significant archaeological sites, including both prehistoric Native American and historic Euro-American sites.
An interesting group of artifacts from the Hick-Seaman House site (Oyster Bay, NY) is included in the collection. Intact stone and brick foundations were uncovered along with a variety of household artifacts and food remains dating from the late 18th through the 19th century. The Hicks-Seaman House collection provides an excellent example of rural household economy on Long Island prior to the 20th century.
This new collection has important research potential for better understanding the historic and prehistoric human past on Long Island.