Research Activities at the Museum

Our Museum archaeologists have been leaders in site investigations across Long Island since the 1920’s.  Many important ancient Native American site artifacts are on permanent display at the Museum.

We welcome collaborations with other institutions regarding aspects of our artifacts.  A few past examples of this research include:

  • Collaborating with Brookhaven National Laboratory’s NSLS scientists to use nondestructive methods to investigate the provenance of our Clovis and Folsom Paleo points
  • New investigations at the NSLS II including a survey of clay provenance for Woodlands era ceramics across Long Island, and a provenance study of the soapstone in our collection of Archaic steatite pots
  • Completing the curation of a large collection of shell midden material from an Archaic/Woodlands site near Glen Cove, Nassau County
  • Identification and digitization of past and recently acquired artifacts, supported by a grant from the R.D.L. Gardiner Foundation