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NYS Archaeological Association Presents Lecture On Investigations Of Parcel

Photo Credit: New York State Archaeological Association

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The L.A. Brennan Lower Hudson Chapter of the NYS Archaeological Association will host a lecture, “Is It There Or Not?” -- Searching for the NYC Farm Colony Potter’s Field," at Croton Point Park's Nature Center on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The lecture will be presented by Carol S. Weed, senior project manager at VHB Engineering, and Alyssa Loorya, president of the New York Archaeological Council NYC chapter.

VHB Engineering, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, P.C. (VHB), White Plains, and its consultant Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants, Inc. (Chrysalis), Brooklyn, completed a Phase IA/IB archaeological assessment of parts of a 46-acre parcel owned by the City of New York.

The parcel is on Staten Island and it once hosted the New York City Farm Colony. NFC Associates won the rights to develop the parcel from the City Planning Commission. Because the project requires disposition of City-owned land and the demolition and/or rehabilitation of NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission landmarked buildings, cultural resources investigations were required under City Environmental Quality Review .

The commission was particularly concerned about confirming the presence of a potter’s field which had been documented on a 1911 topographic survey map of the Colony. The commission, however, did not want systematic excavation within the cemetery area. Rather, it wanted the cemetery to be avoided.

To this end, VHB developed a work plan focused on research, systematic survey across heavily overgrown terrain, and limited subsurface investigations in an area of the reported cemetery which had been subject to post-cemetery use filling.

Weed and Loorya  will present the results of the Phase IA and Phase IB archaeological investigations. The lecture will be followed by its annual holiday party.

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