Excavation in Levanna by Jack Rossen

Jack Rossen is a long time contributor to the Frontenac Historical Society and the Frontenac has supported his research efforts through student education and museum tours.


Levanna was a famous and well-visited archaeological site in central New York, along the eastern side of Cayuga Lake, during the Great Depression. Jack Rossen takes us on a journey through the 1920's and 1930's, the era of an outdoor museum, and professional attempts by the Society for American Archaeology to suppress it.


The book takes us through the 2007-2009 re-excavation of Levanna and the related 2011-2014 excavations at the Myers Farm site. The work was conducted through the framework of indigenous collaborative archaeology with leaders of the Cayuga and Haudenosaunee Confederacy.


The narrative approach includes stories of the contemporary people, both Native and non-Native, who protected the site, supported the research and provided ideas, wisdom, inspiration, and friendship. The site is about 1/2 mile east on Levanna Road from Rte. 90.


The paperback book is now available for $25.20 plus shipping of $5.00 and can be ordered online from Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group at orders@rowman.com or by phone at 800.462.6420, Ext.30241.

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