Saturday, September 10, 2016
Sullivan-Cukierski Site Dig on 4 August 2016
On August 4th we were fortunate to have the USDA come to the Sullivan-Cukierski site to try to detect features with ground penetrating radar.
Even though we have not got the final report from the USDA, Ed Stein was able to analyze some of the rough data and identify some areas. By excavating those spots we have confirmed certain areas the Chapter excavated in the seventies. We also discovered a refuse pit that was previously dug.
We opened the pit up hoping to match it up to one of the pits dug in the seventies. That way we could try to reconstruct where the Chapter had dug and then avoid those spots. What we did not expect to discover is that about a third of the refuse pit was not excavated. We started excavating part of the remaining pit and found some nice artifacts.
We found stone tools, wampum shell beads, glass trade beads, a ceramic gaming stone, a brass thimble, a fish hook, kaolin pipe pieces, brass fragments and many uncounted pieces of bone and shells. We made this discovery late in our last dig, so we are going to open up the rest of this pit on our next dig on Saturday, September 17.
Monday, August 15, 2016
PICNIC THURSDAY 4 AUGUST 2016
CHENANGO CHAPTER OF THE NYS ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
Attending: John Antonowicz, Anthony Bevacqua, Monty Bennett, Deborah DeForest, Jerry Hayes, Judy Hayes, Michelle Heeman, Vicky Jayne, Bob Mason, A. Gail Merian, David Moyer, Michael Raphael, Helen Tanner, Tyree Tanner, and Susan Avery Young.
Total attendance = 15. Photos by Gail Merian.
Picnic began at 6:00 pm in the pavilion at the Rogers Center.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Sullivan-Culierski Site Dig On 16 July 2016
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
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.ﾠ 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.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Stone Piles in Chenango County
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.