Sunday, July 27, 2014

2014-07-27 Dig…

Step, Gary & Clif arrived at the dig this morning, got set up, began sifting. Then it got so dark that we had to use a flashlight to examine the screenings. Shortly thereafter, a cloudburst sent us scurrying out. We'll return next Sunday - weather willing!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

2014 Chapter Picnic

 A lovely couple.
 Howie sends one away…
 Then retrieves.
Do not mistake discipline for patience.
(Leslie Smith photo.)
Ray and Gary compare napping techniques.

(Leslie Smith photo.)
 Last throw under the fading skies.

Beautiful weather and thanks to Tom, another wonderful Chapter picnic!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Storm Clouds of War...

Columns of black smoke reach into the summer sky of late July the 20th 1779, as a weary rider reaches Goshen N.Y. bearing the news that the settlements of Peenpack and Mahackamack had been attacked.
British Army Col.Joseph Brant and his force of Mohawk and Loyalist raiders, are the party responsible for the raid and are withdrawing northwest. They are unaware that they will be pursued and calmly camp for the night. Storm clouds of war have gathered along the Deleware River.
Storm Clouds of War

Sunday, June 29, 2014

29 June, 2014 Dig & announcement for next week!

 Gary, Steph and Margaret marching into the unit this morning.
 Margaret in the unit.
 Suzanne takes a turn.
A depth recording by Steph, studiously observed by Suzanne, Norman, Gary and Margaret. (And Clif behind the camera.)

(image courtesy Chester Historical Society)
Due to the July Fourth Weekend - no dig next Sunday, the 6th of July!

Monday, June 23, 2014

2014-06-22 Dig

We opened the second unit of 2014 Sunday. These first ten centimeters yielded a few flakes and numerous bits of modern plastic, glass and metal - obviously, the undisturbed stratum is deeper than previous units. Sunday's crew: Dave, Gary, Margaret, Steph & Clif.

June meeting Program

Tom Brannan discussed surveying techniques and showed various implements of the trade. Followed with a discussion of several theories about the geographical relationships of various sites.

"It was cool and made me think about the survey tools."


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Digging 6/15 CANCEL

Hello everyone, I regret to announce we will not be digging tomorrow, 6/15. After the rains this week and 3 1/2+ inches of water that we incurred, it does not make for good and worthy digging conditions. Already this season we have seen that over-saturated soil has made visibility and sifting very difficult and I would prefer to not risk it. If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to call me, and don't forget our last meeting for the summer is coming Friday night! Hope to see you all then or at the site next weekend.
Thanks and Happy Father's Day!