Tuesday, June 7, 2011

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST - Vol. 6, June 17, 2011

60 Decker Drive, Middletown, N.Y. 10940
Vol. 6, June 17, 2011

Chapter Web Site -  http://ioccnysaa.blogspot.com/
Chapter email - ioccnysaa@gmail.com

 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 June meeting will be held on Friday the 17th, at 7:30 P.M at our regular meeting location, the Methodist Church in Goshen.

Finally! Flint knapping is the feature for this month. So bring your knapping kits if you have one and join Gary, Joe and Brian in reconstructing ancient history. 


President’s Message

            As I mentioned last month we will continue to meet at the Methodist Church in Goshen until we find a suitable alternative site with handicap access. Hopefully the senior center in Middletown will be completed by September. The annual picnic will be held in July this year. I hope you can attend the Dutchess Cave event, our monthly meeting and the picnic. I will be in Albuquerque, NM presenting at the CAASW Conference so Vice-President Chuck Tudor will conduct the meeting.


Dutchess Rock Shelter Day
            The Dutchess Rock Shelter tour is on for June 11. We are meeting at 10 am and finishing whenever we finish. Members are encouraged to bring people who are interested in seeing the site. Volunteers are needed to help with the planning as well as people to guide and direct people at the site. If you are willing to help, please contact Garry Keeton at his cell phone 845-649-5887 or at 845-386-4892 or garykeeton@yahoo.com.

IOCC Picnic
 Saturday, July 9, 2011, 12 - 4 P.M.

Shannon Park   Rt. 284  in Slate Hill, N.Y., (just west of route 6.)

  1. Bring your curios for “show and tell.”

  1. Menu:  IOCC will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, lemonade, punch and strawberries.   We will need:  Round and long rolls, salads-potato, macaroni, beans, lettuce & tomato, yellow cakes, uniced, for strawberry shortcake.

  1. Members, family and guests are all welcome.

  1. Donations of all kinds will help!  Dollar bills, food, help setting up, grilling, cleaning up.

  1. Please call Tom / Marilyn Brannan - 845-343-4254  (up to 10 P.M.) to schedule foods and participation.

This event is Rain or Shine! 

Bring a friend, a smile, and an artifact!

From: Robert S. Feranec, Ph.D.
Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
New York State Museum
3140 Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY  12230

The museum will be having an exhibit over the summer (likely late July/early August) called "From the Collections". It’s based on major collections and contributors of the NY State Museum's collections. My section will have the Arborio mastodon exhibited as well as having a brief description of the IOCCNYSAA, as contributors to the vertebrate paleontology collections. If you come up to see it, let me know, and I can give you all a nice tour of the collections.


            **** I will contact Bob to arrange a date for us to visit the exhibit and take the tour with him.



Site Protocol Statement

            The Executive Committee has updated our chapter’s site protocol statement so that it is in line with local, state and national procedures. I have included the statement below. If any member wishes to review the documents which support this statement please see me at the next meeting. Please thank Stephanie Tice and Gary Keeton for putting this together.

IOCCNYSAA Site Protocol Statement

• All sites shall be reported to the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) using an Archaeological Site Inventory Form if not previously reported.

• Proper liability insurance will be held by the IOCCNYSAA for purpose of protecting both Field workers and land owner effective for chapter functions only.

• The Chairperson of the Field Committee will coordinate with landowner time and dates of fieldwork and what persons are permitted on property.

• No chapter member may be on site without knowledge of the Field Committee Chairperson

• No less than two chapter members shall be on site to ensure witness and verification of important finds.

• A camera should always be available for photo documentation.

• Proper research, excavation, laboratory and curation techniques and protocols shall be followed in compliance with New York Archaeological Council Standards, The New York State Historic Preservation Act of 1980 and The Cultural Resource Standards Handbook (October, 2000) as prepared by The New York State Archaeological Council Standards Committee.

• All excavated resources are property of landowner. Should the IOCCNYSAA be granted permission to retain such resources, they will be done so as a dedicated and reported collection in a manner dictated by the NYS SHPO.

• Looting and treasure hunting on any property in the State of New York without consent of landowner is TRESPASSING and THEFT of PRIVATE PROPERTY.

• Any IOCCNYSAA member found in violation of state and federal law regarding trespassing or theft from an archaeological site being excavated by the chapter, may face legal prosecution by landowner as well as revocation of chapter membership.


            It is time to collect dues for 2011. Please send your payment to Clif for the time being.

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