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Unearthing our Past: The Archaeology of Kingston

Sat, Feb 03, 2018
Susan Davis

Saugerties Public Library
91 Washington Avenue
Saugerties, NY 12477
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2 p.m.

Unearthing our Past: The Archaeology of Kingston, NY


As far back as 12,000 years ago and lasting until contact with the Dutch in 1609, Native American tribes thrived here in Ulster County.  Thanks to ongoing archeological digs, we are still learning about their lives.  Joseph E. Diamond, Associate Professor of Anthropology at SUNY New Paltz is currently working on a project to synthesize the archaeological data that has been accumulated within the City of Kingston since the early 20th century. The talk will provide an overview of the sites that have been investigated as well as a more in-depth discussion of specific sites that he feels are the most significant.   He will also discuss unearthed Colonial-era Dutch and English materials as well as later industrial materials from the 19th century.  

Joseph  Diamond holds a Masters degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from SUNY Albany and has taught at SUNY New Paltz since 1990.   He has an extraordinary background as a teacher, field researcher, and writer whose specialities include historic and prehistoric archaeology, prehistoric ceramic analysis, and, historic glass and ceramic analysis.  His articles have appeared in numerous journals and publications including a recent piece on the Late Prehistoric Period in New York State published by the New York State Museum. 

All Friends of Historic Saugerties are open to anyone who is interested in history!