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In June 2019, Dr. Christopher DeCorse supervised Ghanaian and American students in conducting the first large-scale excavation at Fort Amsterdam since AW Lawrence’s work in the 1950s. The dig’s aim was to help assess the structural integrity of Fort Amsterdam’s ruins (since an NGO was contemplating rebuilding the fort’s houses), locating original foundations of the collapsed south curtain wall and southwest round bastion, and seeking traces of English Castle Cormantine, the predecessor of Dutch Fort Amsterdam. (MORE ON OUTCOMES)

The Global COVID-19 Pandemic halted archaeological research until June 2023, when Dr. DeCorse returned with a new team of Syracuse archaeologists and local community excavators in search of English Kormantin’s footprint and associated material culture. (MORE)


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