Thursday, October 24, 2013

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 10, October 2013 excerpts

Vol. 10, October 2013
 Unabridged edition sent to members.
(If you are a member in good standing and didn't get your copy please let us know!)
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.

Vice-President's Message:
I hope everyone is having a wonderful fall so far and it was great to see everyone at our first 2  meetings of the season last month. I apologize for the delay in the newsletter this month and blog entries, we had some technical difficulties getting it out this month. Jim Wisochlo gave the talk at our October meeting. Our local parks and historic sites have re-opened from the government shutdown so I hope you all are able to get out, enjoy the beautiful fall weather and support our local history! Excavations at our active dig will continue as long as the weather permits. Be sure to check for updates and any cancellations. Nominations for Gary Keeton and Barry Kass' trustee positions are now open and will be accepted until the November meeting (annual dinner). This month we had an expedition to a site dug in the 1960s and the Highland's Conference is coming up. Don't forget to RSVP to our annual dinner in November! It will be a wonderful time with a great speaker. Please be advised that we DO NOT HAVE A NOVEMBER MEETING, as the annual dinner replaces our regular meeting. We will have our Holiday Party with the always fun grab-bag in December. Dave continues his research with the Navajo until the end of October but will return in time for the annual dinner. I look forward to seeing everyone at the annual dinner!
Elections for two trustees
Barry Kass and Gary Keeton's trustee positions terms end this year. Both are willing to continue serving the Chapter in this office.
Nominations are now open for these two Trustee positions, whose terms will run from January 2014 to December 2015.
Trustees serving for the 2013-2014 term are Doc Bayne and Chuck Tudor.

Active Dig:

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!

For our September meeting we had the pleasure of having Dr. Kurt Carr from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission give a talk titled Finding the Fort at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, Dauphin County Pennsylvania: A summary of the 2013 excavations” This ongoing investigation of an 18th Century French and Indian War fort sparked wonderful questions from the crowd and was interesting as well as entertaining. We look forward to hearing more in the future about the progress of this site!

Tour to a former site, dug in the 1960s

On October 20, 2013, the IOCCNYSAA gave a tour of the famous 1960s dig to NYSAA members and Orange County Employees. Our guests also included employees of neighboring company. The turnout was fantastic with over 80 in attendance and we could not have asked for a more beautiful day and group of interested folks. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Orange County Government, the neighboring company, Gary Sipila for providing our attendees with a wonderful flint knapping and atlatl demonstration, Gary Keeton and Barry Kass 
for providing interesting and educational information during the tours, Sharon Assmus for organizing sign-in and information, and Eric Dratch and Doc Bayne for helping maneuver folks safely along the trail. If you missed the tour, do not fret, we will be giving it again in the future! Stay tuned for updates and more pictures of this great day!

Thank you Barry, Gary, Gary, Doc and all!
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
MORNING PROGRAM: 10:00 AM to NOON Join Doc Bayne 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.

2013 Annual Dinner Menu:
75 Railroad Avenue Middletown, NY 10940.
November 9th at 5pm 
$30 per person includes gratuity.
Dinner Reservation Deadline is November 2nd
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 and entree choice with Sharon Assmus: Deadline November 2nd

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