Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fishkill Supply Depot News

This 2007 photos show archaeologists removing plastic protecting Feature 1 since the Temple University dig of 1973.

Two of the graves exposed in 2007.

Last week a major archaeological investigation began at the "Crossroads" parcel within the Fishkill Supply Depot Historic District (SR,NR) in Fishkill, Dutchess County.  Hartgen Archaeological Associates joins a very long list of archaeologists who have worked in the District, including Paul Huey (1968) and Temple University (1971-1973).  In 2007, a NYC based team discovered a large Revolutionary War Soldiers' Cemetery, which brought the development plans to a temporary halt. They also examined a structure found by Temple, which is believed to be a c1778 barracks.   A bill before the US House and Senate would provide money for the purchase of the 10+ acre parcel.  

The investigations came as a surprise to the Fishkill Historical Society and the Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot, 2 groups working for the protection of the site.  What the plans of the Hartgen Archaeological Team are could not be determined at this time because they supplied locals with very little information.

A tour of the Fishkill Supply Depot, including the Depot headquarters at the Van Wyck House is planned for the Sunday following the NYSAA meeting.
Bill Sandy, RPA
Board Member, Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot

Friday, March 23, 2012

Florist Labwork Session - Tuesday 3/21/2012

This Wednesday's crew: Gary, Tom, Fred, Steph, and Clif (behind camera).

Gary shown describing interesting features of a horseshoe processed in tonight's batch. A late nineteenth century horseshoe with asymmetric bars and caulks, to add pulling traction in soft soils.

Next Florist Labwork Session has been rescheduled for Tuesday 3/27/2012 6-8:30pm
Clif Patrick's Insurance Office
119 Brookside Ave (Route 17M)
Chester, NY 10918

For more information contact Steph directly or email: ioccnysaa@gmail.com 
(must be a member to participate)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Archaeology of the Ramapough Indians

March 24, Saturday
The Archaeology of the Ramapough Indians
Ed Lenik, NYSAA Fellow & Chapter member.
Join archaeologist and author, Edward J. Lenik, as he explores the local presence of the Ramapough Indians, past and present, in rock shelters and other archaeological sites. Reservations required. 1pm. Hudson Environmental Research Institute across from the Visitor Center at Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo. 845-351-5907, www.palisadesparksconservancy.org 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Chapter March meeting

Dave reported on the preparations for the upcoming State Conference which replaces April's regular Chapter meeting. The hotel is sold out! Barry commented that the quality of the papers so far submitted has been excellent and he is impressed with the breath of subjects covered.
Stephanie Tice's presented an excellent talk on the curation of archaeological artifacts and the importance of extensive and meticulous recording of the materials, not only for the generation of the contemporaneous report, but also for future examinations. As the state of the art progresses, 10 - 50 - 100 years into the future, many important discoveries can be made by re-examining the artifacts. That is why, since it is unlikely that those future investigators were at the dig, that is so important to produce thoroughly fastidious records.

Bead blank for wampum beads from Campbell's Wampum Factory. From The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian.

At last month's meeting, the question of a wampum factory in New Jersey run by the Campbell family came up. This peaked Doc's memory, who was attending his first meeting as a new member. His mother was a Campbell from that part of New Jersey. So he started going through her stuff which he had kept in the thirty years since she had died and found that it was, in fact, his family, who ran the wampum factory! He gave  a short report on visiting the factory site and local museum, and arranging for a Chapter field trip there.  Stay tuned…

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Florist Labwork Session - Tuesday 3/6/2012

This Tuesday's crew: Fred, Steph, Maggie, Gary and…

Clif, measuring a tiny finishing flake.
Next Florist Labwork Session is scheduled for Wednesday 3/14/2012 6-8:30pm CANCELLED!

Next Florist Labwork Session has been rescheduled for Wednesday 3/21/2012 6-8:30pm
Clif Patrick's Insurance Office
119 Brookside Ave (Route 17M)
Chester, NY 10918

For more information contact Steph directly or email: ioccnysaa@gmail.com 
(must be a member to participate)

Monday, March 5, 2012

IOCCNYSAA newsletter excerpts from Vol. 3, March 16, 2012

Vol. 3, March 16, 2012

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.


The March meeting will be held on Friday, the 16th, 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.

March Program – Stephanie Tice will be presenting a course on how to identify and label artifacts. This presentation is especially important to anyone who will be working at the Goshen site. She expects to open squares.
President’s Message

            We are finalizing preparations for the state conference and hope that we get a good turnout. Remember early registration should be in by April 13th.
We are still looking for volunteers to help during the conference. If you are interested contact me as soon as possible. Also, don’t forget the April chapter meeting will be replaced by the state conference.


The April Chapter meeting will be replaced by the state conference. The next scheduled monthly meeting will be on May 18th.

Dues are due for 2012. Please send your dues payment to our treasurer, Jon Leonard, IOCCNYSAA, 34 Clark Road, Goshen, NY 10924.
Email –  ioccnysaa@gmail.com


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: ____________________
Email:                   _____________________
Phone Number:  ____________________           

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 PapersBarry 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

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Florist Labwork Session - Sunday 3/4/2012

Fred classified more artifacts.

Steph recorded more.

Gary washed more, and…

wiped the mud off this beautiful micro-serrated jasper fragment. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Tavern Night at the A.W. Buckbee Center:

A.W. Buckbee Center ( the old Albert Wisner Library)
If you haven’t been to the A.W. Buckbee Center ( the old Albert Wisner Library) yet, here is your chance to see it. We will shut down the library fluorescents and have the main room appointed with floor and table lighting to make it look and feel like one giant living room. With all the food we have planned and donated it should be quite the grand affair. Some of the sponsors are FlagBrewing, the new Mistucky Creek Homebrew and Wine Supply store. We’ll have wine and desserts as well. Eddie’s Roadhouse, Yesterday’s Restaurant & Pub, and Fetch Bar & Grill are additional sponsors. It will be a high-value evening in the Village for a Minimum Donation of $30.00.

It will be a friend-raiser as well as a fund-raiser benefiting The Historical Society of Warwick's Oral History Project. Please come with pockets filled with extra cash! This year we will conduct a raffle of items from our sponsors plus a couple of other surprises too.

Robert Schmick, Ph.D.
This project will be directed by our new Executive Director, Bob Schmick, Ph.D., and will be conducted by Town of Warwick College and High School students. Giving new and future Town Historians an opportunity to engage with those of us who have the stories to tell of the people, families, groups, places, times and events of our past. Through the wide ranging activities within this project, these New Historians will develop and use talents resulting in assertive resume statements that will help them later gain jobs in the workforce. It will be a major win for all involved.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March program: "Life in the Lab"

Public program following the 7:30 pm meeting - Friday March 16, 2012:
Life in the Lab:
an introduction to the Archaeological Laboratory
Professional archaeologist and Chapter Field Chair, Stephanie Tice will be presenting an introduction on how to identify, and document artifacts. This is presentation is especially important to anyone who will be working at the Florist site.
She will explain key aspects of what goes on in the lab such as washing, analysis, cataloging, how sensitive artifacts can be curated, storage and report generation. She will also report on the Florist site and give an overview of it and what we have found, what we hope to still find, etc.
All are welcome - program is free - no charge to the public.
For more information:

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Florist Site artifact laboratory processing workshops scheduled for:
Sunday  3/4  9:30am-1:30pm
Tuesday 3/6  6:00pm-8:30pm
Wednesday 3/14 6:00pm-8:30pm
Clif Patrick's Insurance Office
119 Brookside Ave (Route 17M)
Chester, NY 10918
Any member who would like to participate can come on any day. It would be of great help, but not necessary, for anyone who has a digital gram scale to please bring it, a toothbrush, colander, or wash basin (such as a rubbermaid tub). These will be available but helpful if we had extra. Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest and hope to see you over the next few weeks.
For more information: