Thursday, February 24, 2011

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST, Vol. 3, March 18, 2011 excerpts

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Vol. 3, March 18, 2011
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Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except July and August at the Methodist Church in Goshen, which is located on the corner of Main Street and Court Lane. All are welcome.

** Meeting Notice: The March meeting will be held on Friday the 18th, at 7:30 P.M. Barry Kass will present “Ancient Civilizations of Greece”.

President’s Message:  
             It was nice to get back to the chapter meeting in February. During the meeting I described a shaman’s ritual that I witnessed in the Paramo of the Peruvian northern Andes. I suggested we should adapt this ritual to attract new members and make our chapter even more interesting. However no one seemed to be interested in participating since it included inhaling raw tobacco juice through your nose, climbing a high mountain and jumping into an ice cold lake. During my travels I will continue to look for other suggestions.

            We have another busy spring season planned and I hope all of you can join us at these events which include the Florist site, Foxwoods Pequot Museum, Dutchess Rock Shelter and monthly meetings.

            Priscilla and I will be in Germany and the Czech Republic during the month of March. Therefore our vice-president, Check Tudor, will conduct the meeting.

During this trip I will be working with the Maria Reiche Institute of Germany and the Czech Astronomical Institute Academy of Science. We will be merging our data bases into one format which we hope will help us find additional correlations between geological features, aquifers, archaeological sites, astronomical events and geoglyphs worldwide. I am sure combining our data bases will give us greater insight into the ancient past.

Dutchess Rock Shelter Day
            We will be planning a day at the Dutchess Rock Shelter. Clif suggested we invite local teachers this year and we all agreed this is an excellent idea since the Native American is included in the 4th grade curriculum. We hope to have the date set by the next meeting. Gary Keeton has offered to chair this event. He will need help with the planning as well as people to guide and direct people at the site. If you are interested in assisting please contact Gary directly, or email

Foxwoods Pequot Native American Museum
            We are planning to go to Foxwoods on Saturday, April 30th. Since a bus is not available we will be car pooling. At this point in time we have 12 people signed up and 4 vehicles. If anyone else would like to go please contact Clif or email by April 1st. If we have 20 people we may be able to get a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum. We need to book this at least four weeks in advance; therefore April first is our deadline.

Florist site

            Stephanie will be returning to the Florist Site as soon as the snow melts and the ground thaws. She will be sending out information regarding dates and time. If you have any questions please contact Stephanie, or email
             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.

           It is time to collect dues for 2011. Please send your payment to Clif Patrick at 119 Brookside Ave, Chester, NY 10918 as soon as possible along with your correct mailing address in order to receive your copy of the Bulletin. Please make checks out to IOOCNYSAA; $25 for individual, $35 for dual.

When Ray returns from Florida, he'll resume collecting the dues.

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