Sunday, October 5, 2014

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 10, October, 2014 Excerpts

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 10, October, 2014 has been emailed to members in good standing and for those without email, the postal versions will be in tomorrow's mail. 

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Vol. 10, October, 2014

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 meetings at the Mulbury House Senior Center!
Vice-President’s Message
Welcome back! It was great to see so many attend our September meeting and if you weren't able to, we missed you! Our scheduled speaker for last month, Jim Wisochlo, had a last minute work obligation and was unable to attend. Instead, we were able to hear the wonderful news and explanation of a recent local Mastadon excavation that members Gary and Glen K., and Gary S. were able to be a part of. I hope everyone is able to make the October meeting, our show and tell topic will be Iron! I also hope that everyone will take part in the upcoming activities planned for this fall. Be sure to vote for officers, enjoy the always great Highlands Conference, and don't forget the annual Banquet/Lunch in November. Reminder: there is no regular meeting in November as it is replaced by the annual Banquet. 

Bring your Iron for the October meeting Show & Tell!

2015 New York State Archaeological Association Conference
The 99th Annual NYSAA Meeting will be May 1-3, 2015 at the Ramada Inn in Watertown, NY hosted again by the 1000 Islands and Finger Lakes Chapters. The hotel rate will be the same as it was two years ago ($75/night)! The Banquet speaker will be Dr. Darrin Lowery. The call for papers is now open with an abstract deadline of March 1st. More details will be posted soon.


Fall Election - This fall, all of the officers and two trustees’ term expire.  Ballots will be collected by the October meeting and results announced at the Annual Dinner
 Official Ballots one per current Chapter member in good standing should be returned to Suzanne & Norm Brahm before October 17th.

Chapter Annual Meeting & Banquet 
Saturday, November 15th at High Noon
Tony Boffa’s Restaurant
75 Railroad Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 343-8842 or
Our Banquet Menu Selections to be announced.
$25 per person
(Sharon must receive your paid reservation before November 1st)
$35 per person
(For reservations received after November 1st)
Featured Speaker: Ed Lenik
Will speak about Indians in the Ramapos, generally based on his first book which has more archaeology in it. "Indians in the Ramapos" is still probably the best title.
This was the abstract for that book:
Archaeologist Ed Lenik sifts through the layered evidence of human history in the Ramapo Mountains and the general northern New Jersey southeastern New York region to detect patterns that bear witness to Indians in the Ramapos. The archaeological record indicates a strong, continuous and persistent presence of Indian bands in the northern Highlands Physiographic Providence-Ramapos well into the 18th century. Historical accounts record the presence of Indians in the Highlands during the 19th and 20th centuries. Oral traditions, and settlement and subsistence activities are examined as well. Using these resources, Lenik develops a story that testifies to the presence, persistence and survival of Indians in the Ramapos.Lenik, a regional archaeologist with over 30 years of experience researching and investigating the history of the Highlands, is well known as a lecturer, hike leader and author in northern New Jersey. His dictum, “Search the records before you dig,” has directed him through years of searching archives, libraries, museums and collections seeking references to the continuing Indian presence in the Highlands. He has developed a close relationship with the Ramapough Lenape Nation and has interviewed tribal elders. He has been an avid historical hiker for years, stopping to explore the vanishing evidence of human occupation in the forests of northern New Jersey.
See Sharon directly or mail your paid reservations to her at:
** Please get your reservation in by November 1st. If you wait until after the first, it will cost you ten dollars more per person.

Total Reservations at $25 each. _______________
Total Amount Enclosed. _______________
Please mail to: Sharon Assmus, 10 Keystone Park, Middletown, NY 10940
Tel: 845-343-1671
Or Stephanie Benson, 358 Rock Hill Dr. Rock Hill, NY 12775. Email:
Florist Site
"We will not be digging on 10/12 during Columbus Day weekend! Our last day in the field for this season is tentatively set for 10/26 so come out and help before we have to wrap up!". Check the Chapter’s Facebook or the latest dates and announcements. 

Hosted by



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.” Topics will include aspects of the iron industry – works, mines, owners and workers, etc. Presentations are 25 minutes and may be illustrated with digital projects. You will will have an opportunity to interact with presenters and fellow 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.

Need more info – contact: Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., Program chair, via email at

 or snail mail at 100 Deerfield Road, Wayne, NJ 07470-6414.

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



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