Thursday, January 24, 2013

"Archaeological dig at Fuller Mountain Preserve" at February, 2013 meeting

Cory Harris

Cory Harris, assistant professor of anthropology and department chair of Behavioral Sciences, SUNY-Orange County Community College will speak at the February meeting of the Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association in Middletown on archaeological field methods. In the summer of 2012, he  led nine students in test excavations at the Fuller Mountain Preserve, Orange County.  Harris will discuss the initial year’s goals and findings as well as the importance of local partnerships in creating opportunities for Orange County students to broaden educational experiences. 
Two students at Fuller Mountain Preserve, 2012.
All are welcome to this free public program that follows the 7:30 pm Chapter meeting - Friday February, 15, 2013 at  the Mulbury House Senior Center located at 62-70 West Main Street in Middletown, NY 10940.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

January 2013 Meeting

Dave Johnson discussed his recent work in the American Southwest. His talk focused on the relationships of the "Great Houses," Kivias,  Chacoan roads, and other features of Chaco Canyon and surrounding areas to astronomical alignments, geology, aquifers, and subsurface bedrock fracture systems with the oral histories and beliefs of the indigenous Hopi and Navajo cultures.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Member Doc Bayne to give Lecture & Hike at Sterling Forest State Park

The Friends of Sterling Forest (F.S.F.) will continue to educate and share the beauty of this region with our friends who love the out-of-doors.  There will not be any fee for these events. Donations are accepted to assist F.S.F. preserve the history of your park.

Please note - all events will meet at the Visitor’s Center unless specified otherwise. 

Lecture Series – Doc Bayne    Understanding Bears Sunday Jan. 20 1pm
Doc Bayne will discuss the life of bears, their habitat, how we should be concerned about them, and his bear encounters.  He will also discuss the DEC bear team.  Understanding bears is essential, especially in our region.

Lakeville Iron Trail Hike Sunday Jan. 27 1pm
Join Doc Bayne and Friends and step back in time when iron mining was king.  We will hike back in history starting when iron mining first came to New York State.  We will walk by the first mine discovered in 1736, and explore the iron mining industry up to 1923.  Approximately 2 to 3 hour, easy to moderate hike.  In case of snow or ice on trails, please wear boots and if you have crampons please bring them.

The trails can be steep and rocky, so please wear sturdy hiking shoes.  Our hikes will include stops along the way to interpret natural and historic features.  Hunting is allowed in portions of Sterling Forest State Park, we suggest wearing hunter orange or bright colors other than white during the hunting season.  Registration is required for all programs.  For more information or to register, call 845-351-5907.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

IOCCNYSAA Newsletter excerpts from Vol. 1, January, 2013

Vol. 1, January 2013

(This issue of THE ARCHAEOLOGIST along with the December, 2012 meeting minutes. has been emailed or mailed to all Chapter  members. If you do not receive your copy, please let us know at

Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except July ,August & November,at the Mulbury House Senior Center located at 62-70 West Main Street, Middletown, NY 10940.  All are welcome.

President’s Message:

Happy New Year to everyone! I am also happy to say that we all survived the end of the Mayan Calendar. If we have inclement weather forecast for our chapter meetings in January and February I will cancel the meeting by 4 PM on the day of the meeting. I will send out an email message and call those who don't receive the newsletter through the internet. If you don't receive a message please call me. I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

January Program:
Pueblo Bonito one of the Great Houses in Chaco Canyon.
David Johnson will be presenting on his Chaco Canyon research which was conducted last September. He had a National Park Service research permit which allowed him to survey areas of the park which are not open to the public. Chaco Canyon is one of the most important archaeological sites in North America as the Chaco / Anasazi Culture influenced the entire region.

Florist Site
Gary, Tom, Fred, Steph, and Clif (behind camera) from a lab last year.
 Stephanie announced that laboratory work on artifacts collected during the 2012 dig season will begin after the new year at Clif Patrick’s insurance office in Chester. She’ll notify members when the schedule is setup.