Archaeological Survey of Artpark and the Lower Landing, Lewiston, New York

Author: Scott, Stuart
Scott, Patrica
Nasca, Paul
Huges, Christopher
Mauzy, David
In cooperation with The Lewiston Historical Society and The Anthropology Department of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
An archaeological and historical study of Artpark. This site on the eastern banks of the Niagara River in the Town of Lewiston, New York, is situated directly under the Niagara Escarpment, on land that millions of years ago was several times covered by oceans. It is now a center for the performing and visual arts.


"The authors have managed to blend the remnants and shards of these early peoples with illustrations and maps that give the reader a sense of how widespread their activities were in dealing with the other Native-Americans in the period before the Europeans arrived. With the arrival of the French explorers the Lower Landing became the focal point through which all activity was funnelled. . . . Particularly useful are the old and new maps that help the reader to understand the changes wrought by 20th Century mankind. The story that Scott, et al, has given us is fascinating. . . . The face of the land has changed, and the Niagara River has been stained by the intrusive practices of mankind, yet somehow the Landing, and the gully that became the highway of trade, have survived. To stand there today is to stand at the first real crossroads of America. The book does an admirable job of chronicling this story." - Edward J. Patton, Director of the Western New York Heritage Institute