The Historical Association of Lewiston’s next program is “The Archaeology of Lewiston and Western New York.” Douglas Perrelli will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St.
Perrelli will discuss the history and archaeology of Western New York, with an emphasis on sites near Lewiston. He will describe the timeline of human habitation in the region, introduce how field work is done, and what can be learned from archaeological sites and features. He will display some artifacts from his digs.
Perrelli, Ph.D., is a registered professional archaeologist with over 30 years of experience performing archaeological and historic preservation work in New York. He subscribes to the Society for American Archaeology and New York Archaeological Council’s (NYAC) code of ethics and practice, has upheld this code as a NYAC board member since 1998, and has served several terms as NYAC president. His interest and activity in New York state archaeology began in 1984 as a student of the State University of New York at Geneseo. Since that time, he has received a master’s degree (1994) and a doctoral degree (2001) from the University at Buffalo, with active participation in exploring and preserving Western New York’s archaeological and cultural heritage.
Perrelli has been a member of the Society for American Archaeology since 1993 and of the Register for Professional Archaeologists since 2001. He currently serves as chair for the New York State Board for Historic Preservation, and the board’s archaeology committee. He has been the director of the University at Buffalo archaeological survey since 2001, and has a clinical assistant professor appointment in the anthropology department at UB.
HAL said, “He brings considerable experience and knowledge about New York state historic and precontact archaeology, and the workings of numerous boards, councils, societies and committees to the table. His research interests include Iroquoian archaeology, the study of stone tools and cultural resource management in the context of historic preservation.”
This community event is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served. Hand sanitizer will be available.