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2020 Project Proposal

Environmental Archaeology of the NYC Watershed

April M. Beisaw (Anthropology)                 

As New York City buys up land around their 19 reservoirs, once-inhabited landscapes have become wilderness. Archaeological survey of city-owned properties documents and describes what has been taken from rural communities (natural resources and cultural sites) in order to support a distant city. Data collected is mainly geotagged photographs and GPS waypoints, whose locations are then compared to historic maps to identify past waterways/wetlands/timber stands and associate ruins with archival and genealogical data. Some excavation may occur. An URSI student is needed to assist with field data collection, laboratory processing, and report writing. Fieldwork will be 2-days a week and occur away from campus. Some weekend work may be necessary.

Applicants must be able to hike 5-miles a day on uneven ground and in the summer heat. Previous coursework in archaeology, environmental studies, or GIS is required. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed an archaeological or ecological field school or GIS coursework.

How should students express interest in this project?
Apply through URSI  - being sure to address pre-requisites/skills. The most qualified applicants will be interviewed prior to an offer being made.

This is an 8 week project running from May 27-July 17.