Archaeological investigations by the Public Archaeology Facility during the past 30 years have discovered a wealth of information about the people who lived in our region. Versaggi will discuss the early humans that lived here and what their life looked like during what is known as the Late Archaic (4,000 - 1,000 B.C.).
Using the foundation established by early archaeologists, such as William Ritchie and Robert Funk, our results add diversity to interpretations about the Late Archaic, and ask provocative questions for future research. The talk will start with a geographic model of the starkly different landscapes in New York; discuss the base of Late Archaic interpretations (Lamoka and Brewerton cultures); add PAF's recent research on the Vestal Phase; and conclude with interpretations of how people could have used their material culture for purposes other than purely functional tasks.
This will be a very informative and interesting discussion that will give the audience a better understanding of the people who used many of the items found in the SRAC Exhibit Hall. Doors open at 6 pm. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for SRAC members and children under 18. Exhibit Hall admission is free to all attendees.