NYSM Archaeologist Featured in the Times Union for Research Identifying 19th-Century African American Farms

Powell House Foundation
The stone foundation of the former Powell farmstead's main home in Colonie, one of five African American-owned farms in the town identified by the archaeologists.

NYSM Historical Archaeologist Michael Lucas and his team were recently featured in the Times Union for their fieldwork and research leading to the identification of Albany-area farms owned and operated by African Americans during the 1800s.

Discover how the study of the artifacts recovered from each site has helped reveal new information about the lives of 19th-century African American farmers in the Capital Region: https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/ny-museum-researcher-share-c...


NYSM Archaeologists excavating at the Thomas Powell Site
Archaeologists Michael Lucas and Kristin O’Connell from the State Museum draw up a field map at the Powell farmstead site in Colonie.
Remnants of a porcelain tea saucer
An early 1800s Chinese porcelain tea saucer that was excavated from the Powell farmstead site in Colonie.