Sunday, June 29, 2014

29 June, 2014 Dig & announcement for next week!

 Gary, Steph and Margaret marching into the unit this morning.
 Margaret in the unit.
 Suzanne takes a turn.
A depth recording by Steph, studiously observed by Suzanne, Norman, Gary and Margaret. (And Clif behind the camera.)

(image courtesy Chester Historical Society)
Due to the July Fourth Weekend - no dig next Sunday, the 6th of July!

Monday, June 23, 2014

2014-06-22 Dig

We opened the second unit of 2014 Sunday. These first ten centimeters yielded a few flakes and numerous bits of modern plastic, glass and metal - obviously, the undisturbed stratum is deeper than previous units. Sunday's crew: Dave, Gary, Margaret, Steph & Clif.

June meeting Program

Tom Brannan discussed surveying techniques and showed various implements of the trade. Followed with a discussion of several theories about the geographical relationships of various sites.

"It was cool and made me think about the survey tools."


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Digging 6/15 CANCEL

Hello everyone, I regret to announce we will not be digging tomorrow, 6/15. After the rains this week and 3 1/2+ inches of water that we incurred, it does not make for good and worthy digging conditions. Already this season we have seen that over-saturated soil has made visibility and sifting very difficult and I would prefer to not risk it. If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to call me, and don't forget our last meeting for the summer is coming Friday night! Hope to see you all then or at the site next weekend.
Thanks and Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 6, June, 2014 excerpts.

The unabridged newsletter has been send to members. If you did not receive yours, please let us know.

Chapter meetings are held 7:30 pm 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 to our June meeting: Friday, June 20th at the Mulbury House Senior Center!
President’s Message
This month Tom Brannan with be our speaker. I heard this presentation at a conference last year, and I am sure it will give you something to think about as well as reconsider the function of some of the artifacts we find in the northeast. I hope you can attend. Tom has also arranged the picnic for July and the information is listed below. Once again, I hope you can attend. This is a great way to end the season. 

Bring your biggest point for June meeting Show & Tell!

Fall Election - This fall, all of the officers and two trustee positions are up for election. If anyone is interested in running, think about being nominated in September.
Chapter Field Trip to Susquehanna River Archaeological Center field trip, Waverly, NY - June 7, 2014
IOCC Picnic
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 12 - 4 P.M.

Shannen Park - Slate Hill Pavilion   Rt. 284, in Slate Hill, N.Y., (just west of route 6.)
• Bring your curios for “show and tell.”
• Menu:  IOCC will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, lemonade, punch and strawberries.   We will need:  round and long rolls, salads-potato, macaroni, beans, lettuce & tomato, yellow cakes, un-iced, for strawberry shortcake.
• Members, family and guests are all welcome.
• Donations of all kinds will help!  Dollar bills, food, help setting up, grilling, cleaning up.
• Please call Tom / Marilyn Brannan -  (up to 10 P.M.) to schedule foods and participation. You can also call David and Priscilla Johnson, send us an email

Thursday, June 5, 2014

2013 Labs finally done!

Margaret, Gary, Steph and Clif with 2013's artifacts packed up!
We'll be back next winter to process this year's finds.

See ya' then!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

First call for papers: 28th Annual Highlands Conference



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In 2014 we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Ironmaster Peter Hasenclever in Ringwood in 1764. 

Please join us at this “IRONMASTERS CONFERENCE” by presenting your research. Topics should relate to aspects of the iron industry – works, mines, owners and workers, etc. Presentations should be limited to 25 minutes and may be illustrated in Power Point only. (We will not have slide projectors or overhead projectors available). Presenters will have an opportunity to interact with fellow presenters and an audience of iron buffs, archaeologists, and iron industry historians. The event is free to attend, but reservations will be required as space is limited.

Sterling Forest State Park is an historic iron site containing Sterling Furnace, the ruins of a workers village, ruins of iron related buildings and many mines. The beautiful Launtenburg Visitor Center overlooks Sterling Lake and contains several exhibits relating to the history of iron mining and manufacturing in the Park along with an introductory movie that describes the region and its resources.

Kindly submit a title and abstract to Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., Program chair, via email at or snail mail at 100 Deerfield Road, Wayne, NJ 07470-6414 by September 1, 2014. Please include your affiliation and a brief bibliography.

Walking tours of iron sites in the region are being planned and the three sponsoring organizations will have books for sale in the Bookroom.

Questions? Please contact Ed Lenik at the email above.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

2014-06-01 Dig

Gary's first in the hole today. 

Norm's shaking.

A huge flat rock defines the bottom of 2014's first unit.

Steph & Barry closing 2014's first unit.
Another gorgeous day for this Sunday's crew: Barry, Clif, Gary, Norm, Steph & Suzanne. Just a few items recovered from  this unit, but one very interesting object was discovered near the bottom. See Step at the meeting.

Due to next week's field trip to Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, Waverly, NY, next Sunday's work party is CANCELLED!