Saturday, January 19, 2008

First Meeting of 2008

President Kevin Storms and Secretary Priscilla Johnson conduct at the first meeting of 2008. IOCCNYSAA will host the NYSAA conference in 2010.

Program Chair, Fred Assmus, introduces David Johnson.


David gave a fastinating presentation on his study of Gatlang, a village in Nepal in the shadow of Langtang Lirung, which is the highest peak of the Langtang Himal.  The Mountain Institute sponsored David’s documentation of mostly traditional life in this village. 


At an elevation about 9,000 feet above sea level, Dave was struck by the similarities with Andian cultures living at similar altitudes: methods of construction, domestic charactistics, agricultural practices, artistic expression, and more.


Just traveling to and from this remote village was a story unto itself! The topography is so steep that much of the journey, once the roadway ends, is by foot paths cut into the mountainsides. Along with the hazards of landslides, one must contend with voracous leaches in the rain forest sections at the lower elevations.

For more information on David’s work visit:

Monday, January 14, 2008

January 2008 edition of "THE ARCHAEOLOGIST" issued.

Ray has sent out the January 2008 issue of the "THE ARCHAEOLOGIST" to all Chapter members.

Meeting The regular meeting will be held on Friday, January 18 starting at 7:30 P.M., at the Methodist Church in Goshen. Chapter VP David Johnson and his camera will transport us to the remote Himalayan village of Gatlang and explain how that culture relates to ancient Peruvian cultures. Bring a friend, all are welcome.


IOCCNYSAA will host the NYS Association annual meeting in the spring of 2010.


Annual Dues are due for 2008: Sent them in to Ray.


Chapter Website: Pres. Storms requests photos of and/or articles about artifacts, sites, members etc. to be posted on the chapter's new website.


Come to the meeting for latest news on members Dutchess Quarry Field Trip.


Pres. Kevin Storms will display his paintings at the The Basha Kill, a Quiet Treasure" exhibition February 20th to March 20th at O.C.C.C.along with other local artists. Admission is free.


Member Edward Lenik has a new book coming out, Lost Arrowheads and Broken Pottery.

The publisher is Palisades Park Commission.


Member Kate Ahmadi reports that a survey of rock shelters is underway at Harriman State Park.


The seventh People's Seminar will be held on March 22, 2008 at the NYS Museum.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

January 18, 2008: Gatlang by David Johnson

Davd Johnson will be our featured speaker following our regular January 18th meeting, at approximately 8:30 pm.

Gatlang is located in the Himalayan Mountains north fo Katmandu, Nepal and west of Langtang National Park. The area is closed to foreigners and requires a permit from the national government to gain access, The only way to enter is along narrow foot paths and the Tamong people have lived in this region for generations. Within the village of Gatlang community life hasn't changed for centuries and very few nodern conveniences are present, consiting of a radio tranmitter phone and a few solar panels. Traditional cultural values continue to flourish. As I photographed the village I was amazed at how similar it was to Inca villages

I have been studing in the Andes Mountains of Peru. In Peru we examine the ruins of villages in an attempt to understand what daily life was like. In Gatlang the village is alive yet all but frozen in the past offering Inca scholars the closest thing to time travel. While in Gatlang I saw, felt, smelled, tasted and heard the sounds of ancient past uninhibited by the modern world. This program will take you into the daily life I observed in Gatlang and compare it to the Inca villages of the past.

The monthly the Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association meeting Friday evenings at 7:30 pm in the community room of the Goshen Methodist Church, 115 Main St, Goshen, NY 10924.  Please enter by the side door on Court Lane. The community room is one flight up and to your right.

Goshen United Methodist Church

(845) 291-3943

115 Main St

Goshen, NY 10924

The public is invited to attend.