Monday, August 30, 2010

Gander Mountain Day 2010

Hello Everyone,
Hope to see everyone at the upcoming Gander Mountain Day coming on Sept 26th 2010. 10am - 3 pm
This is a fun packed day where we get to spend time together and with the public. Last year there was a line of people waiting to get into the room. The public has responded to this event and they look forward to bringing in their collections and artifacts to get our opinions, So everyone is invited to attend and participate.I would welcome your collections and displays to show to everyone.We have seen some incredible things come thru the door so get ready and brush up on your typologies! If you don't have one talk to Ray. What is needed? Greeters, to welcome the public and invite them to join group. Collections,If you have an interesting collection regarding historic and prehistoric archaeology please bring it. Please let me know you are coming and what you are bringing so I may have a place for you. Some members whom have extra tables should bring them as we ran short last year. Identifiers, experienced members to view materials and identify artifacts.Please contact me as soon as possible at or phone me at 845 800 3103. Thanks Kevin Storms

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Florist site 2010-08-29

Last week's torrential rains kept us off the site. This weekend's beautiful weather made for an enjoyable day, finding flakes, including local chert and jasper. Ray cut roots, as Josh hoisted soil to Steph and Gary at the screening table. 

This cute little fossil came out of the glacial till.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Florist site 2010-08-15

In setting up for the next pit, Steph saw something under the screen. A nervy thing to to do when the first shovel is loaded and ready to go!

See ya next week!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Florist site 2010-08-08

Today's tests were in an area slightly depressed from the previous tests. Lots of fire cracked rock with enormous amounts of tiny pebbles in a matrix of fine soil, highly compacted, but very few flakes. This suggests this area may have been a seep, with water percolating up, fluidizing and sorting the soil particles that dried very compactly when the water table dropped. In the 1800s, the Wallkill River was diverted to is present path, leaving this area much drier. Apparently, given the paucity of flakes, this was not a comfortable place to sit down and work in when wet. 
See ya next week!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Florist site 2010-08-01

We laid out line 'F' and completed 5 tests before the thunderstorms drove us out. Steph modeling the 'find of the day:'

Another interesting finely work chert fragment was also unearthed: