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Research Projects

The Archaeological Survey implements numerous projects each year with a diverse range of clients. A majority of our work is performed as part of a statewide CRM program administered by the State University of New York at Binghamton. UB is responsible for most of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and federal highway archaeology and architectural assessments that occur in the western New York region. In addition, the Survey receives grants and contracts from private, county and other state entities to perform reconnaissance surveys, site examinations and large scale excavations for a variety of reasons. These include; residential development, utility and infrastructure projects, oil, gas, mineral and energy related projects, commercial development and the like.

This section contains selected examples of current and recent projects with the permission of the project sponsor.

Current Projects

NYSDOT/Highway Archaeology Program

Downgrading of Scajaquada Expressway
Buffalo, NY

Recent Projects

NYSDOT/Highway Archaeology Program

Blackmar-Eaton (MDS1001) Site
(UB 3660, NYSM 11358)
Town of Concord, Erie County, New York

Excavated between 2003 and 2007, The Blackmar-Eaton (MDS 1001) site comprises the domestic core of a rural agricultural tenancy occupied between 1838 and 1900.  A total of 51,870 artifacts were recovered from both sheet midden contexts and from at least 90 distinct historic features, including a domestic structure (MDS 1001), an outbuilding / refuse dump and a privy.

Neff & Gampp Cheese Factory
Town of Ashford, Cattaraugus County, New York

The Neff & Gampp Cheese Factory site was excavated between 2004 and 2008, and contains the physical remains of a mid-to-late 19th century cheese factory, as well as evidence for the structure’s 20th century re-use as residential  apartments. A total of 7,524 artifacts were recovered from refuse deposits that surround the former factory’s foundation and collapsed superstructure.

Wilson-Folts Site
(UB 3831, NYSM 11659)
Town of Ashford, Cattaraugus County, New York

The Wilson-Folts site was excavated between 2004 and 2008, and comprises a the domestic core of an owner-occupied rural residence, occupied between 1848 and 1900.  A total of 23,372 artifacts were recovered from both sheet midden contexts as well as from several historic features, including the domestic residence’s foundation, a 19th century privy, and a 20th century refuse pit.

Broken Clock
Cheektowaga, NY

Research Projects

Research projects refer to long-term research interests through which Survey personnel seek to make contributions to our knowledge in certain topical areas, through publications and presentations.  Research projects have a regional focus in western New York and include both prehistoric and historic contexts.

The Prehistory of Fishing in the Eastern Great Lakes and Western New York

Dave Ingleman Fish Document

More on the Prehistory of Fishing Project