Monday, April 4, 2011

Excerpts: THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 4, April, 15, 2011

60 Decker Drive, Middletown, N.Y. 10940
Vol. 4, April, 15, 2011

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** Meeting Notice: The April meeting will be held on Friday the 15th, at 7:30

!!! Attention: New Location For The April Meeting !!!

Orange County Legislative Chamber - 3rd Floor
Orange County Government Center, 255 Main Street, Goshen, New York 10924

See Map below for location and entrance

The building is located two blocks northeast of our regular meeting place at the church. Enter the parking lot from Erie Street. Arrows will be posted to direct you into the building. Seer map below!

Elevator Available - enter the building; elevator on left down the hallway a bit. Exit on the third floor, rounding the atrium to your left into the Legislative Chamber.

For those wishing to climb the stairs; continue past the elevator and up to the third floor. Chamber on your left.
Our speaker will be Dr. Lucy Johnson, Professor of Anthropology, Vassar College, who will discuss the Trapps Gap Rockshelter.

A Shawangunk Ridge Rockshelter
Dr. Johnson will discuss the Trapps Gap Rockshelter. For thousands of years indigenous people of the Hudson River Valley have been traversing the Shawangunk Ridge via the Shongum Path. Like weary travelers anywhere, they found shelter where they could. Listen as Dr. Lucy Johnson retells the stories left in the dirt surrounding this rockshelter on the Mohonk Preserve. Professor Johnson received her PhD from Columbia University in 1973. She has taught numerous courses in Anthropology as well as courses in Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, and Science, Technology and Society. For more than forty years, Prof. Johnson has been active in archaeological field studies, including survey and excavations in Alaska, Egypt, Chile, Peru, Idaho and Arizona as well as numerous locations in New York State. Her field work has been supported by NSF, the National Geographic Society and Vassar College. She is currently working on projects on Dennings Point in Beacon, NY and in the Mohonk Preserve.

President’s Message

            Please keep in mind we will be meeting at the Orange County Legislative Chamber this month since the church will have an activity in the room we normally meet in. We are working on finding a new permanent location for our monthly meetings and should have a solution within a month or two.

            We have a variety of activities planned for this spring and I hope several of our members are able to participate in these events.


Foxwoods Pequot Native American Museum

            A group of our chapter members will be going to Foxwoods on Saturday, April 30th. At this point we have four cars going with 15 people. We may have space for one or two more people or if enough are interested perhaps another person can drive. In addition to visiting the museum we will also have a “behind the scenes” tour. The entry fee is $17 per person paid at the door.


Susquehanna River Archaeological Center Invitation

            On May 14th we have been invited to join the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, 345 Broad St, Waverly, NY for their monthly meeting followed by a tour of their museum. Some of our chapter members as well as myself have presented programs to this chapter and toured the museum. We all agree it is a very interesting exhibit and we are sure you will find it fascinating. They have several unusual artifacts on display. Waverly is located along Route 17 approximately 3 hours west of Middletown. We are still working on the details however, if you haven’t been there, I encourage you to put this date on your calendar. The meeting will start around 2 PM. If you are going please contact David Johnson as soon as possible: directly or email

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 directly 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.

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

Highlands Conference 2011

Our chapter will co-sponsor the Highlands Conference at Sterling Forest State Park. The Park has approved Saturday Oct 15 for the meeting. This will be the 25th annual Highlands Conference.


            It is time to collect dues for 2011. Please send your payment to IOCCNYSAA at 119 Brookside Ave, Chester, NY 10918 for the time being. Ray expected to return in May.

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