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Monday, May 11, 2020

2020 Cancellation of Field Season


It is with great disappointment that I must relay the news that the 2020 Summer Field Season of the Allegheny Valley Project has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  As a non-profit community archaeology program, the Allegheny Valley Project brings people together for research and education in a hands-on environment. Our archaeology volunteers work in close quarters from the excavation units and screening stations in the field to the processing stations in the lab.  Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to practice social distancing, a necessary policy as the pandemic persists. While many of our volunteers are local to the New York and Pennsylvania area, we have a large contingent of volunteers that travel from other parts of the US, and our International Program with Volunteers for Peace brings participants from across the globe. In addition, our volunteers are of all ages and abilities, and many of our volunteers are in particularly vulnerable populations. We considered a scaled back season held later in the summer, but the Allegheny Valley Project would not be the same experience without the full contingent and range of volunteers that form our community. We will resume our field excavations in the summer of 2021. In the meantime, we hope that all of our volunteers across the globe have a safe and cheerful rest of 2020. I will miss you all this summer, but look forward to seeing you in 2021!

Monday, February 24, 2020

2020 Field Season

Our 2020 Field Season will run earlier than normal, from May 25 to June 27. Mark your calendars! Our VFP international volunteers program will run from June 6 to June 20. Once again, we will be excavating at the Canticle Farms site called Bockmier One. It is a Late Woodland village site that was once inhabited by the Ohiyo Haudenosaunee, people who form part of the ancestry of today's 
Onondagawa (Seneca). 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mid-Season Update

This past weekend we bid farewell to our international volunteer cohort. Though our VFP volunteers have returned home, Season 2019 is still rolling along. We are still open to volunteers of all ages and abilities, and site visitors as well. Come on down and see us at the Canticle Farm Market building on Old State Road in Allegany, NY. We'll likely be out back. Way out back.
From left, Andrea and Jill consult with Cristina on recording features in a unit.


Andrea carries a handful of garlic plants to the root clipping station. We help out Canticle Farm for letting us dig at their farm.

Andrea, Ata, Andrea and Josué at Letchworth State Park.


Judith and the crew check out Middle Falls.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

First Few Weeks

Our first few weeks at the AVP have been quite eventful. We opened up previously excavated units to examine our identified features. We also welcomed our International cohort, who immediately began to find amazing artifacts. A few of our local friends have popped by, and we'd like to see more of you. We'll be at the site Thursday and Friday, though on Friday we'll close a bit early to attend the Pow Wow. We'll be back Monday the 22nd and excavate through the week.

International volunteers at the screens. From left, Ata from Turkey, Irineo from Mexico, and Cristina from California (originally from Spain, via Germany...it's complicated).

More of a pot that was first discovered at the end of last season.

Stephanie from Rochester and Daryll from England measure in even more pottery before removal.

One of our Andreas from Italy works with a wood tool (aka a skewer).


Ata works with Judith from France and Cristina (hiding in back) to repair a screen.

From left, Jan from the Czech Republic, Ata, Irineo, our other Andrea from Italy, and Cristina process artifacts on a rainy Wednesday morning.

Find of the week: a rim sherd that appears to pre-date our village.


Julia from Germany excavates a large section of pottery.

Andrea looks on as Cristina shows a biface fragment she found.

Cristina's biface fragment: a Jack's Reef base.

A curious site visitor.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

AVP VFP 2019



This season, our international Volunteers for Peace program will run from July 13 to July 27, as we welcome up to 8 volunteers from around the world. VFP partners with local volunteer organizations in each country, to make it easier to apply for and obtain a visa. You can email them at vfp@vfp.org to ask about partner organizations in your country. A list can also be found on their website at
www.vfp.org. The AVP project code is VFP-STV05-19.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Field Season 2019

Our dates for the 2019 season are official: July 8 through August 15. We are gearing up for another great season of archaeology and education! See you soon!

                         Potsherd with ancient repairs evident from Bockmier One.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

New Features to Map

We're beginning to get a clearer picture of the features in the southwest corner of the field. In addition to the thermal feature (orange area), few postmolds have turned up (dark circular stains), and we will follow them to see if a structure was present.