Friday, September 27, 2013

Chapter dig suspended until October 13th!

Hi folks, unfortunately we have to cancel digging for the next 2 weeks due to various obligations both weekends. We will be back out at the site 10/13. Please join us then, it is great digging weather! As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. See you out there soon!

Reminder: The entire property is closed and off limits except during officially scheduled Chapter digs!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

2013 Highlands Archaeological and Historical Conference Program



MORNING PROGRAM: 10:00 AM to NOON   Join Doc Baynes on a 2 mile hike to the Upper and Lower California Mines and the old town of Lakeville.  If time allows, Doc will show us the Benjamin Mine, “never seen before.”  Hike will leave the  Sterling forest visitors center at 10:00 AM sharp.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM: 1:00 TO 4:00pm at Sterling Forest State Park, Lautenberg Visitors Center, Lower Level.  Jason Okin, NJHHS, presiding

1:00 PM-1:25 PM: “The Spicer Manufacturing Company and its Universal Joint: Creating an Automotive Industry Revolution in South Plainfield, New Jersey 1903-1929.”
Eugene Boesch, Ph. D, Registered Professional Archaeologist. 

1:25 PM-1:50 PM “Archaeological Survey of West Rock Ridge: The Contribution of “Trap Rock Ridges” to Understanding Late Archaic Cultural Processes in South-Central Connecticut.” 
Cosimo Sgarlata, Ph. D, Adjunct Professor, Western Connecticut University

1:50 PM-2:15 PM “The 2013 SUNY New Paltz Excavations on Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY.” 
Joseph Diamond, Ph. D, Archaeologist, Assistant Professor and Chair, Dept, of Anthropology, SUNY, New Paltz, NY.


2:30 PM-2:55 PM “Cherry Ridge: A Vanished Village of the Highlands.”
Ron Dupont, Historian and writer.

2:55 pm-3:20 pm “SSI Station For The Study Of Insects In Harriman State Park A Place To Learn Natural History.”
Susan Scher, Professor Emerita, Ramapo College.

3:20 PM-3:45 PM “The Ramapo Saltbox Environmental Research Center: Where Preservation and Recovery Meet.”
Chuck Stead, Environmental Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Adjunct Professor, Ramapo College.

1:00 PM-4:00 PM BOOK ROOM

Program Chair: Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., Inc. O.C.C., NYSAA, ASNJ & NJHHS
Meeting Facilities courtesy of Sterling Forest State Park, Jeff Hutchinson, Park Manager.

There is no charge to attend this conference!
Note: Light refreshments available.
Bring your own lunch. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 9, September 2013 excerpts

Vol. 9, September 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 had a wonderful summer. During the summer we had a beautiful day for the annual picnic and work at the Florist site will continue into the fall. This season we have very interesting speakers lined up for September, October and the annual dinner in November. December will be the Holiday Party with the grab-bag event. Elections for two trustees will also take place this fall.
 I will miss both the September and October meetings since I will be continuing my research in the southwest. Stephanie will chair the meetings. I will be home to attend the annual meeting and I hope to see you there.

Sad News: Carol Van Buren has died.

Minisink Town Historian and Town Clerk Carol Van Buren has died. She had heart trouble and she left this life as she lived it, surrounded by family. She was a major force in New York Cultural Resource Management (CRM) which forced developers to consider Precontact and Historic Sites. The Minisink CRM Law was known locally as "Carol's Law".

The first major site excavated under "Carol's Law" was named the Minisink Historian Site because Carol was to modest to let it be called the Carol Van Buren Site. The discovery and excavation of the site, like Carol's lifetime of historic research, led to a better understanding of Minisink history.

The photo shows her at the Minisink Museum accepting the artifacts from her site.

Bill Sandy, RPA
Minisink, Orange County, NY

Pictures from 2013 Chapter Picnic have been posted on our Facebook page in the "2013-07-14 Chapter Annual Picnic" album.
Elections for two trustees
Barry K. and Gary K.’s trustee positions are up for election this year. Both have told Dave they are willing to run again.
Nominations will be opened at the September meeting for these two Trustees positions, whose terms will run from January 2014 to December 2015.
Ballots will be sent to all voting members. Ballots must be returned to the Chapter Corresponding Secretary in time for the October meeting, at which they will be opened and tallied and the results announced.
Trustees serving for the 2013-2014 term are Doc B. and Chuck T.
Our Constitution and By-Laws are online at:

Florist site:
Work continued this summer and will continue throughout the fall while weather permits. We had some exciting finds this season so far and hope everyone will come out and get a little dirty this fall!

Gary K., Gary S. and Stephanie B. gave a program Local Archaeology Talk,part of Woodbury Library’s "Groundbreaking Reads" series of programs given at the Earl Reservoir in Highland Mills on July 31st hosted by Rose-Emma C., Adult Services Librarian for the Woodbury Library. Photos are posted on our Facebook page at:

Sharon has done a great job getting the first three speakers for this season!
"Finding the Fort at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, Dauphin County Pennsylvania: A summary of the 2013 excavations," bDr. Kurt Carr at Friday, September, 20, 2013 meeting.

Jim Wosochlo for October meeting. Details to follow.

“It Fell from the Sky: Abbott Zoned Incised and its connections to the ritual of feasting
during the Middle Woodland Period”  by Gregory D. Lattanzi at 2013 Annual Dinner/meeting.


27th Annual
Highlands Archaeological and Historical Conference
Presented By
Inc. Orange County Chapter, Nysaa
Archaeological Society of New Jersey
North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
Friends of Sterling Forest

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Lautenberg Visitors Center, Sterling Forest State Park
115 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, NY

Program Chair: Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., Inc. O.C.C., NYSAA, ASNJ & NJHHS
Meeting Facilities courtesy of Sterling Forest State Park, Jeff Hutchinson, Park Manager.


2013 Annual Dinner:
Sharon is handling the dinner and has basically everything arranged at this point in time.
75 Railroad Avenue Middletown, NY 10940.
It is going to be November 9th at 5pm and it is $35 per person includes gratuity.
Appetizers served from 5-6 pm
   Mozzarella Sticks
   Chicken Wings
   Zucchini Sticks
Choice of one of the following :
   Filet of Sole with Pasta
   Chicken Parmigiana with Pasta
   Lasagna with Meatball
   Eggplant Parmigiana with Pasta
   Baked Ravioli and Meatball
   Chicken Marsala served with Pasta
   Chicken Francaise served with Pasta
Chocolate Cake or Coconut Cake
Coffee, Tea, Soda and Ice Tea included
Make your reservations with Sharon: Deadline November 2nd.

Other events:
Don’t miss this, it is a once in a lifetime experience. Doc Bayne, a local historian will present a program on Iona Island. Come learn the history of the Mysterious Island in the Hudson River below Bear Mt.
Doc Bayne
Date:  Saturday Sept 21, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Stony Point Community Center (Rho Bldg)
5 Club House Lane
Stony Point, NY 10980
Refreshments Available
Then on Sunday September 22, 2013 Doc Bayne will have a walking Tour of Iona Island.
Meet at Iona Island, walk will start at 10:00 AM.
Parking is at the end of the road, on RIGHT, before Railroad tracks.
The program and walk is open to the public, any questions
Call 845-825-3693.
Sponsored By: The Historical Society of the Palisades Interstate Park Region
October 5, 2013
State University of Cortland, Cortland, New York
Conference on Iroquois Research
October 4, 5 & 6, 2013 
Hope Lake Lodge 
Cortland, New York
Research New York 2013