Harrisena Site


At the time that the Harrisena Site was first discovered and tested it was usually called the Harris site. To avoid confusion with the other sites named for landowners named Harris, site ALB99 (NYSM #5076) is referred to as the Harrisena site; however, much of the paperwork might also refer to this site as "Harris". The site is located at the northern end of the central of the three portage routes linking the Hudson and Champlain drainages, which touches Lake George at the southern end of Dunham's Bay. Excavations at the site began in mid-July 1975 and continued sporadically until Sept. of 1976. At the time of the excavations the landowner, Michael A Sinto, had a contractual arrangement to turn the land over to the Nature Conservancy. These excavations were conducted before the transfer took place. The site is now part of the parcel protected by the Nature Conservancy since the late 1970s. Artifacts manufactured from many varieties of chert were found and other samples were submitted to the Smithsonian Radiocarbon Lab for dating. Further background information and details of the investigation of this site can be found under Harrisena Site Documents in the Harrisena Site Catalog Guide.

Cite this Record

Harrisena Site. ( tDAR id: 374206) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8G44RRM

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Individual & Institutional Roles

Principal Investigator(s): Dean Snow

Record Identifiers

University at Albany(s): ALB99

New York State Museum (s): NYSM #5076

Source Collections

New York State Museum

Resources Inside this Project (Viewing 1-9 of 9)


  1. Harrisena Floor Plans (1976)
  2. Harrisena Site Catalog Guide (1976)
  3. Harrisena Site Documents (1976)
  4. Harrisena Site Excavation Level Records (1976)


  1. Harisena Field Images (1975)
  2. Harrisena Artifact Images (1976)
  3. Harrisena Floor Plans (1976)
  4. Harrisena Site Maps (1975)


  1. Harrisena Site Catalog (1975)