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October 2017

2016 CNEHA Annual Meeting Minutes

Business meeting notes from last year’s CNEHA conference business meeting.
  2016 Fall Business Meeting Minutes

October 2016

Objects From New York’s Buried Past Find a New Home in Midtown

The Landmarks Preservation Commission is opening a center devoted to the city’s archaeological collection, a repository that will house more than one million artifacts.
 New York Times

July 2016

The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to July 31, 2016!!!

CNEHA’s 2016 annual meeting will be held at the Lord Eglin Hotel and at City Hall in downtown Ottawa from Friday October 7th to Sunday October 9th, 2016. The theme for this year’s conference is CNEHA at 50 - Past, Present, and Future with sessions examining where northeast historical archaeology has gone and where it might be headed. Individual papers and sessions on this theme, or others relating to historical archaeology of the Northeast, are welcome.

Come visit friends and colleagues in Ottawa! Visit: 2015 Conference & Annual Meeting for information on Conference Registration, Payment Methods, the conference venue, banquet, tours, book room, etc. We look forward to seeing you there.

June 2016

Nominations Committee is Soliciting Nominations

The Nominations Committee is soliciting nominations for the CNEHA Executive Board for the term starting October 2016 through October 2019. There are five positions available. You must be a member in good standing (individual, student, joint, fellow or life) and commit to assisting with the activities of the Board as well as attending at least one of two regular Board meetings. You can nominate someone else or yourself. Nomination forms are due to Nancy Brighton ( by June 30, 2016. Please use this nomination form.
 Call for Nominations 2016

May 2016

CNEHA Founding Member Passing

It is with sadness we report the passing of one of the founders of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology. Mr. Wallace (Wally) Workmaster passed away in earlier this year at the age of 82. Mr. Workmaster was one of the founding members of the Council and served as its first chair from 1974 to 1977. An obituary detailing his many accomplishments can be found at:

2015 Fall Business Meeting Minutes

Business meeting notes from last year’s CNEHA conference business meeting.
  2015 Fall Business Meeting Minutes

November 2015

CNEHA Moves to Electronic Newsletter Format Beginning March 2016

The Executive Board has announced that as of March 2016, all issues of the CNEHA newsletter will be distributed electronically. Members will receive their copies via direct email. A members page is in the works that will allow those without email to access the newsletter through the website. CNEHA will continue to post pdfs of the newsletters for public access after 1 year. Membership lists are redacted from the pdfs available to the public.

This decision was necessary as the number of members electing to receive electronic copies has put us below the threshold for bulk mailing and led to significantly increased mailing costs. This step will result in considerable savings for the Council, and will allow us to increase the number of color images, expand the length of the newsletter, and enable us to put news more quickly into the hands of our members.

October 2015

2014 Business Meeting Minutes

Business meeting notes from last year’s CNEHA conference business meeting.
  2014 Business Meeting Minutes

Conference Abstracts

The conference abstracts are now available for download.
 2015 Conference Program Abstracts

CNEHA Executive Board Election

Paper ballots for the 2015 CNEHA Executive Board election have been sent to all members for whom we do not have email. Notification of online voting will be sent to all other members shortly.

International Archaeology Day

International Archaeology Day is Saturday, October 17! CNEHA is once again a collaborating organization. For a full list of events occurring with this year’s celebration, go to

2015 Conference Preliminary Program

The Preliminary Program for the conference is now available. For more information see the Conference page.

July 2015

Call for Papers

The theme for this year’s conference, Recover, Restore and Remember, is a phrase designed to capture Fredericksburg’s history as a crossroads during numerous significant events in American history, most notably the Civil War. Individual papers and sessions, as well as posters, on this and other themes related to historical archaeology are welcome. The deadline for abstract submission is July 15th, 2015. Please send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to the Conference Program Chair, Douglas Sanford, at Hard copy submittals can be sent to Dr. Sanford at the Department of Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Please email Dr. Sanford with questions. He can also be reached at 540-654-1314.
 Download Call for Papers Form

June 2015

Nominations for the Executive Board

This is to announce that the call for Nominations for the Executive Board of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology is now open with a deadline of July 10th, 2015.  Download Nomination Form

March 2015

Individual Journal Articles now Available for Purchase

Individual articles from the journal Northeast Historical Archaeology can now be purchased through the CNEHA website. These are the most recent articles which have not yet been posted on the Open Repository at Binghamton University: State University of New York web site ( Open Repository at Binghamton). If you need an individual article or two, this is a convenient way to get them and pay via PayPal. Go to shopping cart and buy an article or a complete issue.

October 2014

International Archaeology Day, Oct. 18, 2014

CNEHA is once again a collaborating organization for International Archaeology Day, sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America. We encourage our members to participate in local Archaeology Day activities. There is a new event this year. Inspired by March Madness, ArchaeoMadness is a competition that pits different archaeological sites against each other in a head-to-head competition between two sites. The winning sites (based on popular vote) from each matchup move on to the next round. This is repeated in each round until the championship. For more information on this and other events, go to

November 2013

CNEHA Annual Business Meeting Minutes from Fall 2013:  Download pdf

June 2013

CNEHA and New Sweden Conference Video Recordings

The organizing committees of the 375th Anniversary New Sweden Conferences in Lund, Sweden – Encountering the Other, Understanding Oneself: Colonialism, Ethnic Diversity and Everyday Life in Early Modern Sweden and New Sweden, and the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA, Encountering ‘Others’ in the Atlantic World: Perspectives from the Material World (November 2013) are pleased to announce that video recorded presentations may be accessed via this portal website:

November 2013

The Executive Board and the members of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology wish to express our deep concern with the City Planning Commission’s proposal to remove protections for archaeological and historical resources in City parks. Though seemingly small in size and import, and undeveloped because they are “open spaces,” such parcels have the potential to contain highly significant remains from both prehistoric and historical periods.
Letter to New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination

October 2013

The following article, Flowerdew Hundred Plantation and the 2013 Grand National Relic Shootout, will appear in CNEHA’S fall newsletter and is being jointly published by SHA and CNEHA regarding the treasure hunt at Flowerdew Hundred. Also attached is a letter to accompany the article that puts these events into a broader context. Last March over 200 metal-detector-wielding members of a relic collectors club descended on the historic Flowerdew Plantation and removed 8,961 metal artifacts dating to between ca. 1590 and 1865.
Flowerdew Hundred and the 2013 Grand National Relic Shootout
A Letter from the Chair, re: the Flowerdew Hundred Treasure Hunt

September 2013

CNEHA signed America's Voice for Conservation, Recreation, and Preservation's (AVCRP) letter to congress and supports their efforts to continue federal investments in conservation, outdoor recreation and historic preservation.
AVCRP's Letter to Congress

August 2013

As most of you know, Flowerdew Hundred is a nationally and internationally significant property that is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been the subject of many important archaeological excavations and educational programs for the past 40 years, and as recently as 2010. Shockingly, the plantation was the site of a recent, large-scale organized metal detector “hunt” that Taft Kiser details in this piece.

October 2013

October 19th is International Archaeology Day organized by the American Institute of America. International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the AIA and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada (including CNEHA), and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones.
For a list of sponsored events, see

January 2013

The 2013 New Sweden 375th Anniversary Conference will take place from Nov. 8 to 10, 2013 at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall in Newark, Del. with a live video-feed of concurrent sessions at the University of Lund in Sweden. Entitled “;Encountering ‘Others’ in the Atlantic World: Perspectives from the Material World,” the conference is an international forum on comparative colonialism that will also serve as the annual meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology and the New Sweden History Conference.

October 2012

At the CNEHA 2012 Annual Meeting Patricia Sutherland presented her research regarding the possibility of another North American Viking settlement on Baffin Island based on her field excavations. The National Geographic article by Heather Pringle notes that Sutherland announced her findings at the CNEHA 2012 Annual Meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Responses to controversial television programs, like American Digger on Spike TV and Diggers on the National Geographic Channel, that sensationalize metal detecting and the for-profit exploitation of historic material culture were discussed at the CNEHA 2012 Annual Meeting.
Summary of Brainstorming Session CNEHA 2012 Annual Meeting
Survey: Responses to Digging in America

The Archaeological Institute of America has announced that the second National Archaeology Day will be held on October 20, 2012.
Archaeological Institute of

June 2012

Letter to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, regarding proposed budget cuts and layoffs of key professionals at Parks Canada. Canadian members please consider contacting your local representatives and newspapers.
Letter to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

February 2012

CNEHA responds to programming debuts on Spike TV and National Geographic that encourage looting, profiteering, and the destruction of our archaeological heritage.
Letter to Kevin Kay, President of Spike TV
Letter to the National Geographic Society

January 2012

CNEHA endorses comments and recommended updates submitted by the New York Archaeological Council regarding the draft permitting process for hydraulic fracturing in the State of New York.
CNEHA Letter (pdf)
New York Archaeological
New York Archaeological Council Letter (pdf)

CNEHA board members attend a hearing at the Massachusetts State House on January 24, 2012, to voice opposition to a proposed bill that would limit the oversight authority of the Massachusetts Historical Commission. A letter opposing the proposed legislation was submitted in November, 2011.
CNEHA Letter (pdf)

October 2011

CNEHA signed on to a letter sponsored by America’s Voice for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation Coalition and signed by more than 1,000 organizations asking Congress to increase funding for conservation, historic preservation, and outdoor recreation. A letter was issued on February 9, 2012, by the National Trust for Historic Preservation announcing the success of this initiative.
CNEHA Final Coalition Letter (pdf)

National Archaeology Day, October 22, 2011. CNEHA co-sponsored the first-ever National Archaeology Day and marked the occasion at the annual meeting in Utica.
Archaeological Institute of

July 2011

CNEHA has submitted a letter of recommendation on behalf of the Historical Society of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown for an NEH grant proposal that would provide funding to archive and curate the Requa Archaeological Collection, and to make the contents of that collection available online for researchers. The Requa Collection includes material culture from and archaeological documentation for the only intact archaeological example of a tenant site from New York's Manorial Period (1664-1775).

CNEHA voices opposition to proposed job cuts at the New York State Museum, including the positions of the State Archaeologist and Director of the Cultural Resource Survey Program, the Curator of Archaeology, and the Curator of Historical Archaeology.
NYSM Layoffs (pdf)

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