Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Florist Labwork Session - Tuesday 2/28/2012

Maggie measured.
Fred classified.

Steph recorded.

Steph will announce schedule for the next batch of lab sessions shortly.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Florist Labwork workshop - Sunday 2/26/2012

Gary, Rich, Fred, Steph and Clif (behind the camera) cleaned, measured, classified and recorded a bunch of specimens from the Florist site today.

Neat to get a good, close-up look at the artifacts in good light without mud and mosquitoes!

Next batch of cleaned artifacts ready for measuring.

Next lab workshop: Tuesday, February 28 6:30-8:30 pm at Clif Patrick's Insurance office, 119 Brookside Ave (Route 17M), Chester, NY 10918

Friday, February 24, 2012

Florist Labwork workshop scheduled for Sunday 2/26/2012

Hi Folks, I apologize again for having to cancel last Sunday's lab session. We are ON for this Sunday morning, 2/26/2012, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at Clif Patrick's insurance office at 119 Brookside Ave (Route 17M), Chester, NY. If anything arises and we are unable to meet, I will let everyone know via email by Saturday night (or the night before on any given day we have scheduled), so please double check your email the night before or morning of for any updates. Thank you for your patience and hope to see a few of you on Sunday or Tuesday!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Florist Lab work CANCELED for Sunday February 19th!

Hi everyone, I regret that I have to cancel the lab processing for 2/19 as an emergency has come up last minute. I am very very sorry and hope to see everyone next Sunday morning. My intentions are to meet at times that everyone has expressed interest in. Sorry again for the inconvenience!


Friday, February 17, 2012

February's program

 Following the meeting, Barry Kass gave us a very nice virtual tour of Greco-Roman ruins in Sicily and southern Italy.
A lively Q&A session followed Barry's prepared talk.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ice Harvesting Festival

Ice Harvesting Festival
WHENSunday, February 19, 2012, 11am – 3pm
WHEREArrow Park, 1061 Orange County Turnpike, Monroe
EVENT TYPEHistory/genealogical
REGIONSouthern Orange
By demonstrating such early technologies, in this case hand tool harvesting and wooden sled transport, Museum Village hopes to demonstrate for young minds and recall to older ones how rural America lived off the land. Storytelling will be integral to the day as will the opportunity to share information about other winter traditions on the farm like cold cellars, root vegetables, jam and jelly making, canning and seed catalog perusing. Participants will gather in the heated pavilion on the grounds. This event is hosted by Museum Village and Arrow Park, with representation from the Orange County Council of Arts, local artists and farmers. $5. There will be food, hot drink, children’s nature activities and entertainment. Call 781-3729.

Join Fred Assmus who will be hosting a Chapter display!

Second Call for Papers for 2012 NYSAA Conference

The Incorporated Orange County Chapter
New York State Archaeological Association
96th Annual Meeting
New York State Archaeological Association
Second Call for Papers
The Incorporated Orange County Chapter, NYSAA, announces the Second call for papers for the 96th  Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association.  The deadline for submissions is March 21, 2012.  
Keynote Speaker:  David Johnson, President—Orange County Chapter NYSAA
“Analyzing Archaeology in New York State based on Peruvian and Southwestern United States Surveys”
The meeting will be held in the beautiful lower Hudson Valley, at the
The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Poughkeepsie, NY
For further information about the conference location click: 
The program will be co-chaired by Barry D. Kass, Prof. Emeritus of Anthropology, SUNY Orange, and Dr. Cory Harris, Chair, Behavioral Sciences Dept, SUNY Orange
Paper proposal abstracts of approx. 150-200  words should be e-mailed as Microsoft Word attachments.  Specify any audiovisual requirements.  .   Indicate if you are affiliated with a chapter of the NYSAA.  Poster presentations are acceptable and encouraged, especially by students.   Any topic related directly or indirectly to NYS prehistory/history will be considered.  
Submit proposals to Barry Kass at:  barry.kass@sunyorange.edu  call with questions: 845 733-1830.
For information, registration forms, and accommodation details contact:
David Johnson, President, OCC- NYSAA .
Phone: 845 454-1860

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chester Historical Society seeks local items for Civil War exhibit


This year continues the 150th anniversary remembrance of the Civil War.  In 2012, the Chester Historical Society is sponsoring an exhibit about the Civil War at the 1915 Erie Station Museum from May 5th – Oct 27th.
We have a small number of items in the Society archives and a few donations from members, but we really need more to make this a rich and worthwhile exhibit. 
So…we need your help.  If you have any items related, that help to tell the story of those times that you would like to exhibit, we would be honored to include them.  Especially needed are items with local connections such as the photos below of Betty Murray Carey's great-grandfather James Henry Conklin in uniform and then in later years with his wife, Mary Ann, at their Chester home.
Items may be delivered to the 1915 Erie Station Museum, 19 Winkler Place on Saturday’s from 9:30 – 11:30. Or call 845-469-4378.

The Chester Historical Society
47 Main Street
Chester, NY 10918
1915 Erie Station 845-469-2591 (9 am - 1 pm Saturdays, May - Oct.)
CHS Office  845-469-2388 (10-11:30 am Tuesdays)

Florist Site Artifact Workshops Scheduled for February

Stephanie announces February Florist Site Artifact Workshop Schedule:

Sunday  2/19  9:30am-1:30pm
Sunday  2/26  9:30am-1:30pm
Tuesday 2/28  6:00pm-8:30pm

At Clif Patrick's Insurance Office
119 Brookside Ave (Route 17M)
Chester, NY 10918


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

April's meeting moved to State Conference!

The regular April meeting has been moved to the 96th Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association -  April 27rd – 29th, 2012 that we are hosting!

Sign up now!

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96th Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association
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. http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/1155369
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 attachments:barry.kass@sunyorange.edu. Call with questions: 845 733-1830.
Book Room Reservation: Contact David Johnson at 845-454-1860 or globaldj@optonline.net 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 at:www.global-learning.us
For Additional Information please contact:
David Johnson at 845-454-1860 or globaldj@optonline.net

Thursday, February 2, 2012

"Ancient Greco-Roman sites in Sicily & southern Italy, including Pompeii & Herculaneum" by Barry Kass

U.S. mail: 34 Clark Road, Goshen, NY 10924
 Founded 1958

Public program the 7:30 pm February 17, 2012:
 Barry Kass will speak on ancient Greco-Roman civilizations. He has visited several sites with his students and some of our chapter members.
Barry D. Kass is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Orange County Community College,  S. U. N. Y.,  where he taught various courses in anthropology, sociology, and human geography for thirty-eight years.  He has conducted archaeological field work in the American Southwest, and was a U. S. National Park Ranger--Archaeologist at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.  Professor Kass has traveled extensively through Africa, Central and South America, The United States, Europe and the near east.
All are welcome - program is free - no charge to the public.
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For more information:
The monthly meetings of the Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association are held on the third Friday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Mulbury House Senior Center located at 62-70 West Main Street in Middletown, NY 10940
No meetings in July or August.Flyer