The IOCCNYSAA is a non-profit organization composed of people interested in various phases of archaeology in Orange County, NY. Founded in 1958 as one of 15 chapters of the New York State Archaeological Association. All devoted to historic and pre-historic archaeology may join. The Chapter normally meets 7:30 pm on the third Friday of the month except July, Aug & Nov, at the Mulbury House Senior Center located at 62-70 West Main Street in Middletown, NY 10940.
The Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association's 2009 annual dinner to be held at The Fountains, 40 Sands Road, Middletown, NY 10940. The dinner will be catered by the world famous Eagle's Nest Restaurant, Bloomingburg, New York on Sunday November 22th, 2007 at 6:00. [Click here for Reservation Form]
Our featured speaker will be Robert Ferenac, Phd., Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the NYS Museum.
He will discuss the discovery, preparations and excavation of the Tunkamoose Mastodon Tusks from the banks of the Wallkill River last July, report on their conservation and present the latest findings from the New York State Museum’s analysis.
Robert Feranec, Curator of Pleistocene Vertebrate Paleontology, New York State Museum
with the Tunkamoose Mastodon Tusks, the Wallkill River flowing by in the background. (Photo by Mary Egan)
While my interests encompass a broad scope of topics including influences on biogeography, causes of speciation and adaptive radiation, and triggers of extinction, my research has been focused at describing the evolution of ecology in mammals. My research concentrates on examining ecology in mammals from short time scales (seasons) to very long time scales (millions of years).
In order to understand ecology of fossil mammals, the modern quantitative and analytical techniques I employ include stable isotope geochemistry, utilization of bioinformatics databases, and computer-based imaging of fossils which permits quantitative analysis of various morphological features. Fieldwork is also an important aspect of my research program, and I have conducted or participated in excavations in the U.S. and Spain.
Typical questions addressed in my research include:
I am interested and open to collaboration within and beyond North America. Potential collaborators, including current or potential graduate students, are encouraged to email me.
Above biographical material from http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/research_collections/research/labs/vertpaleo/
Valley Central Middle School in Montgomery, NY graciously made their cafeteria available for our second annual symposium.
Rich Van Sickle displays the nearly-complete elk-moose skeleton which he discovered in 2007.
President’s Message (added 11/7/2009):
I want to thank Chuck Tudor for chairing the October symposium as well as all the chapter members who helped make it a wonderful event. I hope that we will continue this event next year.
The 23rd Annual Highlands Conference was very interesting and was attended by several of our chapter members.
We are planning to conduct a preliminary survey of an archaeological site before the snow flies. Stephanie has provided information below regarding the site. This site should produce prehistoric as well as historic artifacts. If you want to learn how to lay out a site and dig for artifacts this is your opportunity.
At this point in time we have the following programs scheduled for the next few meetings:
November – annual dinner - Robert Ferenac
December – Flintlocks of the French and Indian War through the Revolution
January – stone formations – Glenn Kreisberg
February – historic archaeology – Stephanie Tice
I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events.