Saturday, July 23, 2016


Sullivan-Culierski Site Dig On 16 July 2016

Walter Cukierski

     Here are some photos from our Chapter dig on Saturday, July 16th. 
It was a beautiful day and we had 21 people come out.

In the photo below Monte Bennett and Ed Stein measure a suspected fire pit. The pit was stacked with rocks, 
ash, animal bones and shells.

In the picture below we have included some of our finds from the day. They consisted of several pieces of 
kettle brass, glass trade beads, a rolled brass bangle, both native and kaolin pipe fragments and a hit musket ball. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016


 Sullivan-Cukierski Site Dig on 1 JUNE 2016
 Walter Cukierski
This summer, 2016, the Chenango Chapter is digging at the Sullivan-Cukierski Site (formerly the Moot-Sullivan site) in the Town of Stockbridge in Madison County.οΎ  This site was described by Monte Bennett in an article, "The Moot site", in the Chenango Chapter NYSAA bulletin, June 1973, volume 14 number 1. It was a major trade village and Jesuit Mission.

Here is an overview. 

Here are some of findings:   9 glass trade beads, a whole brass arrowhead, a rolled brass bangle, a kaolin pipe stem, a spent musket ball and a piece of Indian pottery.

 Below is one of our careful diggers.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


A. Gail Merian was at the South Otselic Fishing Heritage Day celebration on Saturday 21 May 2016.  Here is a photo of her showcasing our Chapter and selling our Bulletins.


Saturday, April 16, 2016


Stone Piles in Chenango County

My article,

Windsor, Donald A. Stone Piles in Chenango County. Archives of the SciAesthetics Institute 2000 December; 1(2): 33-50
is now available online in a PDF format. It is too long (18 pages) to fit on this blog, but if you want a copy, send me an email request and I will send you one as an attachment.
Fifteen years have elapsed since this article was published and it needs an update. I intend to (someday). I wrote it to assemble every explanation, known by me at the time, for why stone piles were built. I have since found more sites, about twice as many.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Cukierski-Sullivan Site artifacts 2015

Cukierski-Sullivan Site artifacts 2015

Walter Cukierski

The top left item is a sharpened sandstone. The next three items are pounding/grinding stones and the last item is a chert spear head.

The top left item is a piece of a kettle handle. Next are four intact musket balls. The bottom middle item is a brass arrowhead and the item to it's right is a gun part. The rest of the items are colonial nails.

The top two rows are native pipe and pottery pieces. The rest of the items below are kaolin pipe pieces.   


These are the Dutch glass trade beads that we found, including a Chevron bead that is pictured in the middle to the far right.

We are planning on continuing the chapter dig next year. Thanks to information obtained from the seventies we have identified two areas that we plan to excavate next year. We have some aggressive plans, so it should be an interesting year. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ice Age Fluted Point and other Artifacts at the New Berlin Public Library and Museum

David Moyer

Here are three photos of a new display of artifacts at the New Berlin Public Library and Museum. Among the more interesting artifacts is a small black fluted point dating to the end of the last Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago. The point is very similar (but not identical) to some points which appeared in Ted Whitney’s (1977) article “Fluted Points from the Chenango Area.”  Chenango Chapter NYSAA Bulletin 17(1): 1-13. Unfortunately, the display case does not include any information about where any of the artifacts came from or even who donated them to the library.

To date over a dozen fluted points have been reported in the Unadilla Valley; one of the highest density of such finds in New York State. No intact archaeological sites from this period have been found in the area, and it remains unclear if these Ice Age hunters were just passing through or if they were spending more time in the New Berlin area. If anyone has ever found other fluted points like these in the Unadilla drainage I'd love to hear about it!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sullivan-Cukierski Site Dig on 19 August 2015

Walter Cukierski  

These are pictures from our dig on 19 August 2015. It was hot and digging was slow, but we found some great stuff.

We are excavating a hearth/fire pit. It is the first one we found since we began digging this year.

Here is a sampling of some of the items we found on today's dig. Here are some Dutch trade beads, whole and fired musket balls, a brass arrowhead, a piece of Chinese porcelain from the early 1700s and some kaolin pipe pieces. One of the pipe pieces was part of a bowl and it had a heal makers mark on it. It appears to be “EB”.