The Nassau County Historical Society will host “Long Island Dirt: Recovering our Buried Past through Historical Archaeologies,” a talk on the archaeology of the two Native American Indian reservations on Long Island — the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton and the Unkechaug’s Poospatuck Reservation in Mastic, set for Sunday, September 19th.
Dr. Allison McGovern will discuss how Native American artifacts have been collected by amateur and professional archaeologists through time, and how the process of collecting has framed the general public’s understanding of indigenous histories on Long Island.
Dr. McGovern is a professional archaeologist with Richard Grubb and Associates and a Gardiner Writing Fellow at the Gotham Center for New York City History. She integrates archaeology with historic research methods in her preservation work.
Photo of Allison McGovern provided.