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.