Sunday, December 18, 2011

December Meeting & Holiday Grab Bag

After a short meeting, our annual Holiday Grab Bag was engaged.  It is hard to say whether our bellies are sore from consuming too much food or from laughing so hard. T'was a nice evening of cheer!

IOCCNYSAA December 16, 2011 slideshow
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Happy Holidays to one and all!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hike Iona Island December 11th!

Ruins of early Dutch settlement from 2009 tour.
Doc Bayne, renowned local historian, photographer and educator, will again lead a hike around Iona Island in the Hudson River below Bear Mountain.

From evidence of native Americans on the island through the colonial farms and settlements, when it was known as Salisbury Island, and later as Weygant's Island. In the late 1800s it attracted tourists with an amusement park, hotel, and picnic grounds. Iona Island served as a major Northeast United States Naval arsenal from 1900 to 1965, complete with explosions, saboteurs and of course, the famous mothball fleet following WWII. Since 1965, when the Palisades Interstate Park Commission took possession, much of the island and surrounding marshes have become a wildlife preserve, providing valuable habitat for many species, including winter nesting for Bald Eagles, during which the Island is off limits to human visitors.

To reserve your spot on the tour, call the number below.

Subject:Hike on Iona Island
Start Date:Sunday, December 11 2011 10:00AM
End Date:Sunday, December 11 2011 1:00PM

THE FRIENDS OF STERLING FOREST (F.S.F.) a newly formed FRIENDS GROUP, organized to help preserve Sterling Forest State Park. The F.S.F. will continue to educate and share the beauty of this region with our friends who love the out-of-doors. There will not be any fee for our events, Donations are accepted to assist F.S.F. preserve the history of your park.

Hike on Iona Island Sunday December 11 10 AM
Come and explore the, closed to the public island of Iona. Iona has had a vast history in the formation of our country. You will be surprised at what happened on this Island. We will meet at the kiosk by the RR tracks on Iona Island at 10 AM

The trails can be steep and rocky, so please wear sturdy hiking shoes. Our hikes will include stops along the way to interpret natural and historic features.  Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 845-351-5907.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Florist Site 2011-11-20

Another chilly and raw day digging in cold moist and sticky soils!
Gary & Steph
A few flakes came out of today's test pits.

 Clif and Steph shown double checking a few measurements to the property's boundaries.
After freezing her fingers off today, Steph declared the 2011 field season officially finished and 2011/12 lab season open.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tour Northern Italy: People, Culture, History with Barry Kass! July 12-22, 2012

Northern Italy: People, Culture, History
SUNY Orange Travel-Learn Program
July 12-22, 2012
Sponsored by C.A.P.E. (Office of Continuing and Professional Education)
Highlights include: 
  • Visits to beautiful Lakes Maggiore and Como in the Italian Alps
  • An Excursion by boat to visit the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore, with their beautiful palaces and ornamental gardens
  • Visits to Milan,  Verona (the city of Romeo and Juliet), and Padua
  • An excursion to Bolzano to visit the new museum devoted to the famous “Iceman” discovery in the Italian Alps
  • An excursion to the ancient town of Modena, including a wine tasting and ‘rustic’ lunch on a balsamic wine estate
  • Three nights in Venice
  • Expert English-speaking guides will accompany the tour group throughout our visit
  • Three-Four star hotels
  • Continental buffet breakfasts daily, welcome dinner, farewell dinner and one lunch included
  • Informational seminars prior to departure held at the Middletown campus
Cost of program: $3298per person double occupancy: $548 single supplement.
(cost includes round-trip airfare, nine-nights accommodations, meals as above, museum entrance fees, guide services; cost does not include CAPE registration fee, tips, airline fuel surcharge )
Reserve your space now:  Deposit due December 10, 2011
Barry D. Kass
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
845 341-4364 office/845 733-1830 home
C.A.P.E. office: 845 341-4125

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Florist Site 2011-11-13

Following last night's annual meeting and dinner, a few souls, braved the raw weather and moist, cold soil to processed several more test pits. Several flakes and a few cobbles were recorded today.
Gary, Veronica & Steph.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

2011 Annual Meeting and Diner

President Dave Johnson convened the 2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner at Catlin Gardens' newly constructed facility in Slate Hill.

Stephanie Tice was very honored to introduce her former professor and mentor, Dr. David Starbuck, who provided fascinating foundation on the French and Indian War in the Lake George region upon which he discussed his archaeological findings over the last twenty some odd years at Fort William Henry, site of the "Last of the Mohican." 

The French and their Indian allies took this English Fort in August 1757. French offered the British very generous surrender terms without the consent of their Indian allies who attacked the disarmed British troops as they marched back to the British lines under the 'protection' of the quickly disappearing French escort. French General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm stopped the attack some time after it was launched, though, by that time, a number of British soldiers and civilian had lost their scalps. Following the battle, the French destroyed the Fort and marched thirty miles north to their base at Fort Carillon, now known as Fort Ticonderoga. The site lay essentially dormant until the 1950s, when a replica was constructed. Since the early 1990s, David Starbuck and his teams have conducted investigations, both within and around the Fort, including the e-coli contaminated 25 foot deep dug well within the Fort. Numerous important finds have both reinforced and contradicted the historical record and lore.

David Starbuck noted the importance of the various interested groups, such as archaeologists, preservationists, historians, period re-enactors, Fort William Henry owners, etc. in working together to promote, improve and conserve this pivotal site in America's early history! 

Dr. David Starbuck & Stephanie Tice
Barry Kass
Gary Keeton
Following Dr. Starbuck's excellent presentation, the evening's meal was served.  Following the scrumptious dessert, President Dave, formally installed the two trustees elected to serve the 2012-2013 term. Incumbent Gary Keeton was reelected and Barry Kass, elected to succeed retiring Richard Havilech.

2011 Awards:
Lifetime Recognition: Harold Ray Decker
In recognition of extraordinary contributions to advancement of Orange County Archaeology through tireless promoting, giving presentations and living the mission of the Orange County Chapter and StateAssociation.
(Unfortunately Ray returned to Florida shortly before the Dinner)

Most Active Member for 2011: Clif Patrick.

Presidential Citation: Richard S. Havlicek. 
Certificate of Merit: Gary Jay Sipila.

 2011 inductees into the "Order of the Trowel" are:
Fred Assmus

Stephanie Tice
Joe Mlcoch (not at Dinner)
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Barry Kass reminded everyone that the
First Call for Papers
 96th Annual Meeting
New York State Archaeological Association
April 27-29th, 2012 

Has been sent out.

Get your copy at 

And he urged any member willing to submit a paper or an exhibit for the Poster Session.

Friday, November 4, 2011

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST - Vol. 11, November 12, 2011

Vol. 11, November 12, 2011

Chapter Web Site -
 Chapter email -

 Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except July, August and November.

**** Please Note – No monthly meeting this month since we are having the annual dinner on November 12th. The next monthly meeting will be held at the Middletown Senior Center on Friday, December 16thDon’t forget the December meeting will feature the grab-bag.

President’s Message

            I am finally back from Peru and Arizona and look forward to attending the annual dinner on November 12th. I want to thank Chuck and Jon for conducting the meetings for me while I was away.
            Several members have asked me how my recent trips went so here is a brief summary. Both of the trips to Peru and Arizona were very interesting and successful. In Peru I completed two remote sections of the Rio Grande de Nasca drainage and can finally say the investigation of this region is completed. I was accompanied by three colleagues from Germany who are also studying the Nasca Lines. I was able to locate several geoglyphs that had not been documented since they are not visible in Google Earth. I did this by locating concentrated areas of permeability within the groundwater and followed them to the geoglyphs which mapped them.
            During the last year I have been working on changing my study area from Peru and Chile to the southwestern United States. Preliminary surveys conducted in the southwest during the last few years have indicated I am able to find features at archaeological sites using the same techniques I have been using in Peru and Chile. In June and October I was asked to present the results of my preliminary surveys at two conferences in Arizona and New Mexico. During both visits I conducted blind surveys of archaeological sites with local archaeologists. A blind survey consists of a local archaeologist taking me to a site I could not have read about and don’t know the location of. Then I conduct my survey and compare it with their’s. The results were very interesting. I was able to locate features such as Chaco / Anasazi Roads and structures that they knew about which were no longer visible on the surface. Next year we intend to expand this investigation.
Interestingly, even though I have been associated with the New York State Archaeological Association for the last 50 years I had to remove myself from the forest to see the forest clearly. Now let me explain. As I expanded my research along the coast of Peru and Chile I wondered if other cultures in the Western Hemisphere also mapped areas of high permeability within groundwater with surface features. This led me to the southwest where a similar pattern existed. Now I am re-entering New York’s forest and applying the same techniques I used along the coast of Peru and Chile as well as the southwestern United States to develop a better understanding of the northeastern Native Americans who occupied this region before Columbus. Once again the preliminary results are very similar to the other two regions. The correlation between these regions will be the topic of my presentation at the state meeting in April.


                                                            Florist Site

            Stephanie is working at the Florist Site nearly every Sunday morning starting at 9 AM, weather permitting. If you intend to go please contact Stephanie to make sure they will be working the site that day.

            This site provides all our members a wonderful opportunity to experience archaeology first hand. We hope all of our members can take advantage of this opportunity to develop their skills as archeologists. If you are new to the chapter here is your opportunity to participate in an archaeological investigation and learn the techniques needed to properly document a site.

Results Of The State Survey Taken In 2010

            A few observations from the NYSAA’s survey’s results which was conducted last year.  If you want to review it, upon request, I will have it available on my computer at the upcoming monthly meetings. Here are some comments regarding the results.
  1. Half of the respondents were professional archaeologists.
  2. Even though we are one of the largest chapters in New York State only 8 members responded to the survey.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

First Call for Papers for 96th Annual Meeting NYSAA April 27-29th, 2012

The Incorporated Orange County Chapter
New York State Archaeological Association
First Call for Papers

96th Annual Meeting New York State Archaeological Association
April 27-29th, 2012

The Incorporated Orange County Chapter, NYSAA, announces the First Call for papers for the 96th  Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association.  The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2012. 

Keynote Speaker:  David Johnson, President—Orange County Chapter NYSAA
“Analyzing Archaeology in New York State based on Peruvian and Southwestern United States Surveys” 

The meeting will be held in the beautiful lower Hudson Valley, at the The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Poughkeepsie, NY

For further information about the conference location click:

The program will be co-chaired by Barry D. Kass, Prof. Emeritus of Anthropology, SUNY Orange, and Dr. Cory Harris, Chair, Behavioral Sciences Dept, SUNY Orange

Paper proposal abstracts of approx. 250 words should be e-mailed as Microsoft Word attachments.  Indicate any audiovisual requirements.  Poster presentations are acceptable and encouraged, especially by students.  Any topic related directly or indirectly to NYS prehistory/history will be considered.

Submit proposals to Barry Kass at:  call with questions: 845 733-1830.
For information, registration forms, and accommodation details contact David Johnson, President, OCC- NYSAA (, Phone: 845 454-1860)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Florist site news…

Hello everyone, just a quick note to let you know that we will not be digging this weekend (10/23) and next weekend (10/30). Assuming that mother nature agrees with us, we will be back out Sunday 11/7. Thanks!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Archaeology Day 2011 at Gander Mountain

Archaeology Day was great Saturday, September 26th, at Gander Mountain met some great people and saw some fantastic artifacts,including a rare paleo point from Orange County which we were able to document. Thank you everyone who participated and visited. See you next year, but if anyone has a regional collection please let me know, we would be glad to take a look at....

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gander Mountain Archaeological Community Outreach Day

Gander Mountain Archaeological Community Outreach Day flyer.

Florist site survived storms Irene and Lee - kind of!

Hi folks! While the weather had kept us away for a few weeks, Gary and I returned on 9/11 to find that Hurricane Irene had not been kind to our site. We spent the day, and this last weekend cleaning up some of the areas so that we could safely continue our investigations. Hopefully the remainder of the fall will be better to us and hope that everyone can make it out to the site before we close up for the winter (I will notify everyone when that will be later this fall). Don't forget we are there every Sunday morning from 9am to approximately 1pm, weather pending and unless otherwise specified. Contact me if there is any questions at 

We will NOT be digging this Sunday 9/25 as it is our annual Gander Mountain Archaeological Community Outreach Day from 10am-2pm, so please join us there!

See you in the field the following week! -Steph

September, 2011 Chapter meeting at new location

 On September 16, the chapter hosted Edward V. Curtin, president of Curtin Archaeological Consulting, Inc. Ed Curtin is an archaeologist with a Ph.D. in anthropology and is best known for his interest in the Archaic period (1,000-8,000 B.C.) of the northeastern United States, as well as all things related to the archaeology of the Hudson Valley.

 Curtin referred to archaeologist Bob Funk's description of the period between the end of the Paleoindian era and the bifurcated base point horizon as the "missing 2,000 years" -- a period that archaeologists know little about.  
During his talk and slide presentation, which was based on his surveys of Early Archaic sties in Saratoga and Albany and his thoughts on the subject, Curtin expressed the opinion that some points designated as Middle Archaic  may, in fact, be Early Archaic.  Examples examined were unfluted lanceolate points, various Dalton points and Kirk-Palmer corner-notched points.

The chapter members enjoyed the presentation and question and answer period that followed. 

Photos and report by Ginny Privitar.

Vice President, Chuck, conducted our first meeting at the Mulberry House Senior Center, 62-70 West Main Street in Middletown. He declared, "The place was great. Large, comfortable setting." October's meeting to be held here also, with Middletown resident, Nick Pallasino describing his discovery of seven scuttled French and Indian War period bateaux on the bottom of Lake George in 1960!

Sunday, September 11, 2011




MORNING PROGRAM: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Meet at main parking lot of Ringwood State Park, 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ.
Guided tour of Ringwood Manor, NJ State Historic Site: “From Colonial Ironworks to the American Revolution to Victorian Estate” led by Sue Shutte, Resource Interpretor Specialist.  
At Lautenberg Center, Lower Level.   Marie Mahler, NJHHS, presiding
1:00-1:25 “The Karl Quarry Site, Town of Wawayanda, Orange Co., NY.” Kevin Storms, IOCCNYSAA
1:25-1:50 “Chief Towaco.” Kate S. Ahmadi, Ph. D., IOCCNYSAA.
1:50-2:15 “Brotherton, NJ., The Ghettoization of New Jersey's Indian Reservation.”
Richard Walling, Independent Scholar.
2:15-2:40 “Lost Landscapes and Hidden Legacies: A Survey of Lithic Sites in the Hudson Valley, Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains.”  Glenn Kreisberg, NEARA.
2:40-2:55 COFFEE BREAK
2:55-3:20 “Who Was Here First? A History of Rock Climbing in the North Jersey Highlands.”  John Anderson, Partner w/CWE, Inc.
3:20-3:45 “David Johnson's Nature Studies in Ramapo, NY.”  Geoff Welch, Curator, Harmony Hall.
3:45-4:10 “The Net Men and the Anglers.  A Case Study in the Conflicts over Recreational and Commercial Fishing.”  Kevin Olsen, Montclair State University.
4:10-4:30 BOOK ROOM
Program Chair: Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., INC. O.C.C., NYSAA, ASNJ & NJHHS
Meeting Facilities courtesy of Sterling Forest State Park, Jeff Hutchinson, Park Manager.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST - Vol. 9, September 16, 2011

Vol. 9, September 16, 2011

Chapter Web Site -
Chapter email -

Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except July and August.


The September meeting will be held on Friday, the 16th, at 7:30 P.M at
Mulberry House (Middletown) Senior Center.
The address is 62-70 West Main Street in Middletown. The location is handicapped accessible. If it works for us, we will continue to hold our meetings there and then move to the new location with them. The following maps show its location.

Change In Meeting Schedule
          The presentation will be first followed by the business meeting.
 This Month’s Speaker

Edward V. Curtin
Short Biographical Sketch
            Edward V. Curtin is the President of Curtin Archaeological Consulting, Inc., located in Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, New York.  He is an archaeologist with a Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  He is best known for his interest in the Archaic period (1,000-8,000 B.C.) of the Northeastern United States, but he also is intensely interested in all things related to the archaeology of the Hudson valley.  His writing on these subjects includes “The Ancient Mohicans in Time, Space and Prehistory” (New York State Museum Bulletin 501, pp. 5-18), “Recent Investigation of Archaic Sites at Hemstreet Park on the Upper Hudson River” (New York State Archaeological Association Newsletter, Fall 2009, pp. 1-3) and the forthcoming “A Small Site in Coxsackie, Circa A. D. 1200:  Some Ecological Issues Concerning Its Age and Location” (submitted to New York State Museum Record).  He also contributes to Fieldnotes, Curtin Archaeological Consulting’s blog at

The Missing 2000 Years: 
The Continuing Mystery of the Earliest Archaic in the Hudson Valley
by Ed Curtin
Curtin Archaeological Consulting Inc. and the Van Epps-Hartley Chapter, NYSAA

            The great New York State Archaeologist Bob Funk referred to the period between the end of the Paleoindian era and the bifurcated base point horizon as “the missing 2000 years”-- a period 8,000-10,000 radiocarbon years before present that archaeologists know too little about.  This presentation provides a survey of information and thoughts on this earliest part of the Early Archaic, including Bob Funk’s intriguing original position based upon his 1960’s excavation at Sylvan Lake Rockshelter.  His hypothesis that Early Archaic assemblages would look at least somewhat Laurentian is re-examined in light of more contemporary views concerning Late Paleoindian-Early Archaic horizons typified by unfluted lanceolate points, various kinds of Dalton points, and Kirk-Palmer corner-notched points.  Due consideration is given to a possible early side-notched point horizon.  Slides of Early Archaic artifacts from sites in Saratoga, Albany, and Greene Counties illustrate the talk.

President’s Message

            I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I want to thank Tom Brannan for hosting the picnic last July. At least 30 members attended including several kids who had a great time throwing darts with the atlatl.

As you can see from the comments above we will be meeting at the Middletown senior center. This will make our meetings more accessible to some of our members If you have any comments, positive or negative, regarding the site please let me know. Call me or email

            In July Ray Decker resigned as treasure and Jon Leonard was appointed by the executive committee to take over until Ray’s term ends in the fall of 2012.

            I will not be able to attend the September and October meetings since I will be away. I will be in Peru from September 10th to October 11thworking with scientists from Dresden University, Germany. Then the following week I fly to Phoenix, Arizona for a week. I have been asked to be the keynote speaker at the Heard Museum conference. I will also be surveying some sites with local archaeologists during this trip. Chuck Tudor will be running the meetings.

            I will be at the annual dinner in November and look forward to seeing everyone at that time.


September and October Meetings

We will need someone to help set up the digital projector and computer for the speaker in September and October. If you can help with this please let me know as soon as possible.


            This year two trustee positions are up for election. Currently Richard Havlicek and Gary Keeton hold these positions. Richard will not be continuing as trustee. Gary is willing to continue. If anyone is interested in running for either position nominations will be taken at this meeting. The election will be held in October and the results announced at the annual dinner. Please prepare nominations for this meeting.

          2011 Archaeological Community Outreach Day at Gander Mountain
September 25th, 10 am to 2 pm!

What is needed? Volunteers to bring show and tell, artifacts, historic material, etc. Members to identify points for the public. Membership information, spring meeting info, flintknappers, displays. Kevin will bring books and displays. The biggest thing we need is to get the word out. Exposure makes this event. Also, if all members invite guests that will help. Please let Kevin Storms know directly or email if you can help and or display your stuff.

Annual Banquet in November
Annual dinner - Saturday, November 12, 2011.
Held at Catlin Gardens, 2865 Rt. 6, Slate Hill, NY 10973
Cocktail Hour, cash bar, will be from 5 PM to 6:PM
Speaker will be David Starbuck from 6PM to 7:PM before dinner. His topic will be recent excavations at Fort William Henry, site of "The Last of the Mohicans".
Awards will follow the speaker.
Dinner will be sit down at 7:00PM with Entree choices of
Roast Sirloin of Beef, Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato & Artichokes, or Tilapia Oreganata.
Dessert will be chocolate mousse
Any special meals must be requested in advance by calling Catlin Gardens at 845-355-3555.
Price per person is set at $36.00.
            Jon Leonard will be taking reservations and payment. Make you check out to IOCCNYSAA.


** Please make your reservation by November 1st. If you decide to go after the 1st call Jon Leonard as soon as possible.





Dinner Choices………………………………………………………………………………

Total Reservations at $36.00 each................................................................................

Total Amount Enclosed.......................................................

Please mail to:
Jon Leonard
34 Clark Road
Goshen, NY 10924
            or see Jon at the meeting.             

                                                             Florist Site
            Stephanie is working at the Florist Site nearly every Sunday morning starting at 9 AM, weather permitting. If you intend to go please contact Stephanie directly to make sure they will be working the site that day.

            This site provides all our members a wonderful opportunity to experience archaeology first hand. We hope all of our members can take advantage of this opportunity to develop their skills as archeologists. If you are new to the chapter here is your opportunity to participate in an archaeological investigation and learn the techniques needed to properly document a site.


If you haven’t paid your dues for 2011 please do so. Please contact our new treasurer, Jon, to send in your payment. Or you can pay your dues at the September meeting.
Jon Leonard
34 Clark Road
Goshen, NY 10924