Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Final Florist lab of this season!

Steph & Gary.

Clif & Steph.

Maggie & Gary's knees.

Steph rebagging last batch!
As soon as the ground is ready, the field work will resume!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Flint Mine Hill Field Trip 2013-04-14

Climbing to the top of Flint Mine Hill.
On Sunday, April 14th sixteen chapter members visited Flint Mine Hill. During the tour our flintknapping experts Gary Sipila and Joe Mlcoch described the various flint and flaking types we observed on the hill. Both those visiting the site for the first time and others who have been there before were amazed by this historically important site. We are very grateful to the Long Island Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association for permitting us to visit the site.
Joe pointing out a hammer stone and surrounding flint flakes.

Joe pointing to hammer stone and flint flakes.

Group listing to Joe’s discussion of hammer stone and flint flakes.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Florist Lab, 2013-04-10

Another flake with distinct fire treated discoloration along the top edge.

Gary & Steph use the internet to type a specimen of unusual material.

Clif caught measuring.

Due to scheduling conflict there will be no lab next week.

Join us Wednesday, April 24th at 7 p.m. at Clif's office in Chester for the next lab session. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Preliminary Schedule of the 97th Annual Conference of the New York State Archaeological Association

Preliminary Schedule of
the 97th Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association and the Annual Spring Meeting of the New York Archaeological Council
April 26-28, 2013
Ramada Inn, Watertown, NY

Friday, April 26
10 am-12 noon   NYAC Board meeting

1-3 pm          NYAC general meeting

1-4 pm          Sackets Harbor Battlefield tour: meet at Ramada Inn lobby and carpool to Sackets Harbor; tour the Shipyard and Hall House exhibits and walk the new War of 1812 Bicentennial Trail, touring the battlefield; admission to the exhibits is $3 p/p

3-5 pm          NYAC public program: Regulations and Practice of Burial Excavation in New York State by Lisa Anderson (NYAC's Human Remains Committee Chair) and Doug Mackey (NY SHPO), followed by open discussion

5pm             NYSAA Executive Committee meeting (Board Room)

6pm             NYSAA Fellows’ Dinner (Executive Room)
                buffet dinner (Renaissance A)

7:30-9:30 pm    NYSAA members’ meeting (Renaissance B)

Saturday, April 27 
7:00-8:45 am    chapter officers breakfast meeting

8:50-11:50 am   morning presentations

11:50-1:00 pm   lunch break

1-5:20 pm       afternoon presentations

6pm             reception with cash bar (Renaissance A & B)

7pm             annual banquet

9pm             banquet program with guest speaker Claude Chapdelaine (Professor of Archaeology at the Université de Montréal)

Sunday, April 28 

8:50 am to 11:50 am presentations

For hotel reservations, contact the Watertown Ramada Inn (315-788-0700) and mention NYSAA. The conference room rate is $89 double or single. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Florist Site Lab

 A beautiful jasper flake with a quartz vain processed tonight! Note the pink fire treat coloration along the very edge.

Gary & Kate working the pieces. Next lab will be next Wednesday, same time, same place.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 4, April 2013 Excerpts

{The newsletter has been sent to all members in good standing. Contact Dave, Jon or Clif if you did not get yours}

Vol. 4, April 2013

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:
I hope everyone is enjoying spring. This month features three events. On April 14th we have the trip to Flint Mine Hill. If you wish to accompany us please contact Dave by April 12th. Note: Due to strictly enforced protections on this National Registered Historic Site, this tour is restricted to Chapter members. All others are subject to arrest!. Then the chapter meeting is on the 19th and the state meeting on the 26th – 28th. If you wish to go or look up information for the state meeting visit the chapter’s web site. I look forward to seeing you at this month’s meeting.


“Ancient Civilizations in Mesoamerica:
The Olmecs, Zapotecs, Mayans and Aztecs of Mexico and Central America” 
Public program following the 7:30 pm meeting - Friday April, 19, 2013
The public is invited to hear:
Barry Kass
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Orange County Community, College,  SUNY.
Long before the arrival of the Europeans, the native peoples of the Americas created impressive urban civilizations characterized by such advancements as the invention of writing and mathematics, a calendar system very different from the western Gregorian calendar,  the construction of huge cities replete with massive temples and pyramids, complex political states, and a pantheon of gods often thirsty for human blood and sacrifice.  Prof. Kass'  photographs and lecture will take the audience on a journey of exploration to the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations of the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Mayans and the Aztecs.  We will visit such famous sites as Chichen Itza and Teotihucan in Mexico, Copan in Honduras, and Tikal in Guatemala.

Barry D. Kass  is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Orange County Community College,  S. U. N. Y.,  where he has taught various courses in anthropology, sociology, and human geography for  more than forty 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 Israel, and has taken thousands of photographs of traditional and modern people and cultures, archaeological sites, and natural history. 

All are welcome - program is free - no charge to the public.


97th Annual Conference of the New York State Archaeological Association and the annual spring meeting of the New York Archaeological Council hosted by the Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands Chapters: April 26-27, 2013, Ramada Inn, Watertown, NY.

Vice-President Stephanie Benson is officially representing the chapter at the business meeting.

Join Steph, Kate & Gary in Watertown, NY

More info at


Goshen Florist Lab Sessions.

Join us in Chester to examine and document a few of the artifacts from the Florist site! Watch your email, the Chapter’s Facebook and blog pages for updates.

Bring your own beverage.
Two chapter members will be presenting at the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) Spring 2013 Conference  at the Ethan Allen Hotel, in Danbury, Connecticut April, 26th - 28th, 2013:
Friday, April 26, 8:30 - 9:15 p.m.
Tom Brennan: “Land Surveying Long Ago”
Saturday, April 27, 11:15 - 12:00 p.m.
David Johnson: “Navajo & Hopi Southwest Sites Survey”
For more on this conference see: