Sunday, January 29, 2012

“A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement”

 From Jeanne Ward:
The National Park Service has released an action plan entitled “A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement” in anticipation for the organization’s centennial in 2016. This plan lays out the goals and strategies of the NPS’s next hundred years of stewardship. The NPS is looking for comments and feedback, and have asked for input. A link to a PDF of the plan, additional information, and a place to provide comments can be found at the website below:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

National Park Service issues warning for coccidioidomycosis among archaeologists!

Although not a big concern for us in the wet northeast, many of our members visit arid sites:

National Park Service Risk for coccidioidomycosis among archaeologists NPS units
January 2012

Background: In July 2011, a university student was diagnosed with coccidioidomycosis (a.k.a. Valley fever) after participating in an archaeological dig at PINN. The student was likely exposed after inhaling fungal spores that were aerosolized during soil-disturbing activities. Previously, 10 DINO workers (2 employees, 8 volunteers) also contracted cocciodioidomycosis after conducting similar archaeological activities in 2001. All 11 case-patients had mild- moderate symptoms and recovered.
This briefing statement reviews signs and symptoms of coccidioidomycosis, risk factors for infection, and appropriate prevention and control measures. Archaeologists and other NPS employees involved in soil-disturbing activities—particularly in the Southwest U.S. where coccidioidomycosis is endemic—should be aware of this potential health risk.

Full briefing with recommended precautions & symptoms at:

1712-2012 - Celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Sarah Wells' Arrival

Celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Sarah Wells' Arrival

Ray Decker photo

William Bull and Sarah Wells Stone House Association, Inc.
183 County Route 51, Campbell Hall, NY 10916-2924

The year 2012 marks an extremely significant time for the Hudson Valley. It was 300 years ago, in 1712 that Sarah Wells arrived to the Wawayanda Patent which covered most of what is now south central Orange County. The Board of Directors of the William Bull and Sarah Wells Stone House Association and I invite you to join us in celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Sarah Wells' arrival at several events throughout this year.

Sarah Wells was a young indentured servant to Christopher and Elizabeth Denn. In 1712 Mr. Denn asked Sarah to sail up the Hudson River to settle his portion of the Wawayanda Patent. Accompanied by Indian guides and carpenters, Sarah ventured inland with horses, cows, dogs, and household equipment. Hard work and a formidable character allowed Sarah to survive the unsettled and wild territory of that time. In 1718, Sarah married William Bull, a stonemason, and together they raised a large and enduring family. At the time of her death in 1796 there were 335 descendants of Sarah and William Bull; today there are more than 65,000 names in the Bull family genealogy.

To this day, throughout Orange County, there are still many physical connections to Sarah Wells and William Bull: road and street names, towns and buildings. Two of the earliest of these are the 1722 Bull Stone House and the New World Dutch Barn on the original Bull property in Hamptonburgh. William built the Bull Stone House and named his homestead Hamptonburgh after his birthplace in Wolverhampton, England. The Sarah Wells Trail is a main road that connects Goshen to Washingtonville; most likely a path well worn by Sarah Wells herself. Have you heard of Bullville, NY and Thomas Bull Memorial Park? All part of the Sarah Wells and William Bull legacy.

1712-2012 - Celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Sarah Wells' Arrival

Please join us as we celebrate the Sarah Wells Tricentennial at any or all of the following exciting events:

The Sarah Wells Tricentennial Reception on February 23 at SUNY Orange, Middletown campus 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Gallery - music, presentations, artifact displays and light refreshments

Sarah Wells Day - family-style country fun on May 19 at the Bull Stone House

Running With the Bulls - 5k walk/run between Hill-Hold, another Bull family structure, and the Bull Stone House, date TBA in the fall.

We also ask that you help "spread the word" about our 300th Anniversary events and the importance of Sarah Wells to the history of the local area and New York State.

For further information please feel free to contact Todd Vandervort at 518-376-4476 or by e-mail at

Saturday, January 21, 2012

2012-01-20 Meeting

Progress reported on April's upcoming State Conference, although Barry is concerned over the relatively few paper submittals received, possibly from the delay of the State Association in distributing the 'First Call for Papers!" Submit your proposals to Barry

Steph will be setting-up some laboratory sessions to process Florist Site artifacts. She'll sent out an email to the membership with the details.

Barry Kass announced that there are just a few more openings on his Italy tour scheduled for this summer! The archaeological highlight will the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy to visit Ötzi the Iceman, the well-preserved natural mummy of a man who died about 5,300 years ago in the Ötztal Alps, near Hauslabjoch on the Austrian-Italian border. <>

We are planning on attending the Ice Harvest February 19th on the lake at Arrow Park in Monroe NY. We'll join a number of organizations including the Arts Council, several farmers, historical societies, etc. in the heated pavilion space at the park to promote our Chapter. Bring your displays of interesting stuff! More details to follow.
Ice Pick (from Chester Historical Society)

Following the meeting, Dave Johnson tried to warm us with a trip to the American Southwest, reporting on his recent work plotting aquifers and noticing their relationships with ancient ruins.

Friday, January 20, 2012

““A Rare Glimpse of the Enslavement of Indians In Orange County, New York”

A Rare Glimpse” is the result of research by member Ray Decker. His amazing discovery of a 1720 deed and memorandum regarding the sale of the Crommelin Plantation in Orange County listed all of the chattels included in the sale, including three slaves, two of which were Indians. This document is believed to be the only extant record of the enslavement of Native Americans in Orange County, New York.

Chapter members Ginny Privitar and Clifton Patrick will present this mostly forgotten aspect of Orange County history to The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's "Lunch & Learn Midday Lecture Series," on Monday, February 13 , 2012 in Goshen.

Right click image below for flyer.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Excerpts - Vol. 1, January 20, 2012


Vol. 1, January 20, 2012
Chapter email -
Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except July and August.
The January meeting will be held on Friday, the 20th, 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.

Program - David Johnson will discuss sites in Arizona and New Mexico, including Chaco Canyon and Anasazi Roads.
President’s Message
 Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday even through it seemed like early spring. The holiday party went well with a wide variety of food and was enjoyed by all. Now it is time to get ready for the state conference this April. I will be posting a signup sheet for volunteers. We will need people to help with setting up, registration, audio-video and poster room to mention a few. Don’t forget, dues are due.
I hope to see you at this month’s meeting.
February 17, 2012 - Barry Kass will discuss "Ancient Greco-Roman sites in Sicily and southern Italy, including Pompeii and Herculaneum"
March 16, 2012 – Stephanie Tice will be presenting a course on how to identify and label artifacts. This is presentation is especially important to anyone who will be working at the Florist site.
Dues are due for 2012. Please contact our treasurer, Jon Leonard, to send in your payment. Or you can pay your dues at the monthly meeting. He can be reached at the following:
State Newsletter
The recent state newsletter which has an interesting article on Spanish Hill starting on page 10. Website:
(Editors note: The state site did not load as of 2012-01-08)
April 27rd – 29th, 2012
The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
2170 South Road / Route 9, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603
Hotel Reservation:
 *** PLEASE NOTE – A block of 50 rooms has been reserved and will be held for our conference untilFriday, March 16, 2012. This is 6 weeks before the conference. Therefore, to ensure you reserve one of these rooms you need to make your reservation by Friday, March 16, 2012. After that date the hotel will open any unreserved rooms in this block to the public. This is to prevent our chapter from having to pay for unused rooms within the block of 50. If all 50 rooms are reserved prior to March 16, 2012 additional rooms will be added to the conference block.
To reserve your room call the Clarion Hotel at 845-462-4600. The rate is $99.99 per room per night plus tax, 12.125% and includes breakfast.
Please Print:
Names of people in your party:
Contact Address: _________________________________
Phone Number: ________________________
Email: __________________________
Early Registration $30 - the deadline is Friday, April 13, 2012.
After April 13, 2012 registration is $35.
Buffet Banquet Saturday Evening is $25.
Conference Registration:
Date _________ Number of Persons ______ $ Amount __________
Banquet Reservation:
 Number of Persons ______ $ Amount ___________
Total Enclosed: ____________
Please make checks out to IOCCNYSAA and send your check to:
Jon Leonard
34 Clark Road
Goshen, NY 10924
Sunday Afternoon Field Trip Options
 We are offering a field trip Sunday afternoon to the Fishkill Cantonment and Van Wyck Historical House in Fishkill, New York. This event requires advanced scheduling by our chapter; therefore we need to know approximately how many people are interested in attending before the conference. Please send in the field trip reservation with your conference registration form. Located just 6.5 miles south of the hotel at the intersection of Route 9 and Interstate 84, the Fishkill Cantonment is one of the most important revolutionary encampments. This tour will include the 1732 Van Wyck House Museum and a tour of the Revolutionary War cemetery with Bill Sandy. The tour will begin at 1 and take about an hour and a half. The only cost is a donation to the Van Wyck Homestead Museum.
Please fill in this form and send it in with your conference reservation.
Number of people in your party:
Please list Names:
Call For Papers:
Barry Kass, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, SUNY Orange, and Cory Harris, Ph. D., Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department, SUNY Orange, are the program co-chairs. The deadline for submissions isMarch 1, 2012. Paper proposal abstracts should be e-mailed to Barry Kass as Microsoft Word Call with questions: 845 733-1830.
Book Room Reservation: Contact David Johnson at 845-454-1860 or to reserve a table in the book room:
Banquet speaker: David Johnson
Analyzing New York State’s Archaeology based on Peruvian and Southwestern United States Surveys
Although Johnson has been associated with New York State archaeology for the last 45 years, he didn’t realize he was missing something here in New York State until 1996, when he discovered a correlation existed between Peru’s Nasca Lines and groundwater. During the last fifteen years his research team has provided considerable evidence indicating many of the ancient Nasca Lines map the course of aquifers from the Andes, across Peru and Chile’s coastal desert, to the Pacific coast. Eventually he expanded his study to include the southwestern United States and found a similar correlation existed between Chacoan Roads, archaeological sites and aquifers in Arizona and New Mexico. As in Peru and Chile surface features mapped the flow of aquifers. This led him to wonder if Native Americans used similar techniques in the northeast, especially New York State, for the same purpose. Interestingly, preliminary data suggests this theory also applies to our region. During his presentation he will present the similarities between these regions regarding surface mapping and aquifers.
 David Johnson has been a member of the New York State Archaeology Association since he was sixteen years old. He is a National Geographic Research and Exploration recipient for his research on the Nasca Lines and has written several articles and a book on this subject. Currently he is collaborating with archaeologists in Peru, Arizona, New Mexico and New York to develop a better understanding of how ancient Native Americans were able to locate and map groundwater resources. You can learn more about Johnson by visiting his website
For Additional Information please contact:
David Johnson at 845-454-1860 or

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Search the Penn Museum's digital collections!

Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, has collected around one million objects, many obtained directly through its own field excavations or anthropological research. Search the Penn Museum's digital collections including 326,000 object records representing 660,000 objects with 51,500 images at: