Friday, February 27, 2009

American Indian Stone Tool Quarry Hike


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Highlights include:

  • A walking tour led by archaeologist Rick Patterson to view the Ring Quarry, a major American Indian chert (stone tool) quarry.
  • Cultural Chronology: The site was mined by various Indian groups for thousands of years.
  • See where Indian people extracted chert from veins in the rock.
  • See mine tailings and processing areas.
  • An Indian rockshelter/grave site excavated in 1970.
  • The Wawayanda Canal, line kiln ruins, and an historic campsite.
  • Pochuck Creek suspension bridge.
  • Farmer's Bridge Prehistoric site.

DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009 AT 10:00 AM

Directions: Take State Route 23 north past Oak Ridge Reservoir to Sussex County Route 515 (second traffic light past reservoir). Turn right onto 515 and drive north for 9.8 miles until you reach Maple Grange Road. Turn left on Maple Grange Road and proceed 0.95 miles to Canal Road. Turn right and proceed to parking area at end of Canal Road. Parking is limited! Please car pool. Hike will begin at 10:00 AM, rain or shine. Wear appropriate footwear and bring a light lunch and water. This is a medium level hike.

Questions? Call Ed Lenik at 973-835-0770 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

North Jersey Highlands Historical Society

P.O. Box 248, Ringwood, NJ 0745

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Member Bill Sandy featured in Times Herald-Record article!

"The Olds is alive and well with Westtown collector" - - The Times Herald Record - by Donna Kessler:

A very nice write-up of Bill's car collecting interests.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Feb. 2009 Meeting: Points!

A new guest picked the winning ticket for tonight's special prize, a specimen set of Rift Valley artifacts, including two points and several beads donated by Angela, who presented it to Rick, our lucky winner!

Projectile points were the subject of the night's discussions.

Here, Brian explains the methods of constructing the various forms of the earliest North American points. The history of their discovery, recent findings, materials of construction, the various forms and theories of their origins.

Ray covered the wide variety of archic period points with detailed explanations their of defining characteristics.

David wrapped up the presentation with woodland and contact period arrowheads.

We then broke up into informal, hands-on groups with experienced members tutoring our newer members.

A most enjoyable and informative session!

Lithic tools will be the focus at the March meeting.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST: Vol. 2, February 2009

Meeting Notice: The February meeting will be held on Friday, February 20, at 7:30 P.M. A discussion on identification of lithic tools and weapons will include hands-on experience. Chapter meetings are normally held on the third Friday of each month except July, August and November at the Methodist Church in Goshen, which is located on the corner of Main Street and Court Lane. All are welcome.

As of this month we will be e-mailing the full newsletter to those members with email addresses and postally mailing it to those without. If you didn't receive this issue in your email, please let us know at or click the "Contact us by Email" link on the right side of this page.
Forum:   The NYS Archaeological Association annual meeting will be held in Rochester April 17, 18 and 19th. This  is a great conference with great speakers and opportunities for fellowship with the premier archaeologists in New York State today.  Call Ray Decker for information about car pooling. 
DUES:   Many thanks for those who have sent in their dues.   As we change to electronic mailings, you will no longer be reminded by the date next to your name on the envelope.  Please remit by April 1st., so that we can report you as a member of the NYS Association.  Active member is $25  and Dual Member is $35.  Send a check to IOCCNYSAA, 60 Decker Drive, Middletown, N.Y.  10940.