Friday, May 24, 2013

Doc's upcoming speaking schedule

Iona for Haverstraw Brick Museum; Talk at their museum on May 25 at the 1 pm.
                                                                         Iona hike on May 26 at 10 am.

Bear mountain hikes;  June 1 Perkins Tower loop natural beauty of the park 1:00 pm.
                                             June 2 Rock Island (at Iona) Native American rock shelters.    
                                             June 9 Iona Island featuring the Dutch takeover.

Iona hike for ADK on June 15, 10 am.

Iona hike for Friends of Sterling Forest on June 16, at 11 am.

Iona hike for Hudson Highlands Museum June 29 at 9am.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Flint types of the Great Algonkin Flint Mine.

Photo by Stephanie Benson.
Gary Sipila and Joe Mlcoch discussed the various types of chert found at Flint Mine HillCoxsackie, New York following the Chapter's May meeting last Friday. Members brought in artifacts which they thought were made from Flint Mine Hill chert.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Florist Site Field Season Opens for 2013!

Hi everyone! It's finally that time again and we will be returning to the Florist site starting this Sunday May 19th at 9am! We will be out at the site on Sundays unless I cancel or it is raining. Feel free to bring your shovel, trowel, hedge trimmers, sifter, etc but it isn't necessary if you don't have. Please be advised that ticks are very active already so bring along some bug spray if you are able. If you plan to come dig or even stop by and say hello, please let me know that you will be coming out. Thanks and I look forward to seeing everyone out at the site!


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Occasional Papers Series

I am pleased to hear that the Occasional Papers Series will be continued.  If we are to be serious contributors to New York State Archaeology we must publish our findings.  This series was founded with the idea that everyone could contribute.  You need not be a skilled writer, you only need to be factual and The Chapter Editor will help you prepare your paper.   The reporting of a single artifact is perfectly acceptable.   The papers should be about Orange County sites and artifacts or about closely related areas such as, for example,  the Upper Delaware River Valley or the entire Wallkill River drainage area.  
I strongly encourage every member to try his hand and be rewarded by seeing his paper published.  

Harold R. Decker, Member, IOCCNYSAA

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 5, May 2013 excerpts

Vol. 5, May 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:
Dave Johnson photo
During the field trip to Flint Mine Hill last month several people were interested in the different types of flint found at the site. Even though the site is covered with flint most of it is weathered and consists of lesser quality material which was left behind. Therefore this month’s program will be on flint types from Flint Mine Hill. Gary Sipila and Joe Mlcoch will discuss the various types, and members are encouraged to bring in projectile points and other artifacts which they think are made from Flint Mine Hill flint.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting,
Congratulations Steph!

Gary Keeton photo
Our Vice-President, Stephanie Benson, receives citation from Peter Pratt at 97th Annual Conference of the New York State Archaeological Association April 27, 2013,, Watertown, NY.

Clif Patrick photo
Florist Site

The Lab Sessions have concluded for this season.
Dig Chair Steph will announce when the site is ready to resume the field season! Watch your email, the Chapter’s Facebook and blog pages for updates.

Occasional Papers Number 4 is building!
Submit your papers/essays/reports to Clif Patrick at!

Ginny Privitar has agreed to contribute proof reading and editing!
First entry is in! Thank you Barry Kass!
Newsletter & Meeting Minutes – April 19, 2013 were mailed to members in good standing. Please email Clif at   if your dues are current and you didn't receive it directly.