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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Fall-Winter Newsletter

The Fall-Winter newsletter has been sent, so it should arrive in mailboxes soon if it hasn't already. If you are not on the mailing list, email today to get your newsletter in the spring. We are busy working on the field and lab forms for Field Season 2012, and everything is coming together for a great season. Keep checking back for updates on the dates and times for workshops, site visits and volunteering.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Bockmier Point article is finally out! The double issue (75-76) is back-dated to help Northeast Anthropology catch up its issue backlog, so the "official" date is 2008 (even though it's 2011).

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Due to an unforeseen issue with a flash drive, the newsletter for Fall will be combined with the Winter issue, and the combined issue will be sent out in late November. If you're not on the mailing list, email me ( to make sure you get a copy. (note: that's sph[one], not [el])

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bockmier Article

The Bockmier Site report is coming out soon in the journal Northeast Anthropology. Page proofs have been approved, and we're just waiting for publication. The title is "Bockmier Point Site: the Kinzua Phase Revisited" and it runs from pg 23 to 57 in the joint issue #75/76, due out by this fall. I will try to obtain copies for anyone who is interested and doesn't have a subscription.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Newsletter

The Summer 2011 issue of Project News has been sent, and should arrive in mailboxes by the end of the week. If you're not getting one, it's because you're not on the list. It's free, and comes quarterly... to get on the list, email me with your mailing address (or ask for an electronic copy). As always, donations are accepted to help defray the costs of production and mailing. We rely solely on private donations for all project expenditures.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wet Spring Survey

The May 2011 survey occurred in the midst of one of the wettest seasons on record. Due to the field conditions as well as the short period of time available, survey activity was limited to a follow-up survey of the Bockmier 3 site and the Bockmier 4 find-spot. A controlled surface survey was employed to confirm an artifact distribution that was suggested during the dissertation fieldwork. The rainy weather permitted two days of survey, and the rest of the time was spent documenting metric data from two private collections of artifacts from the region. I also met with the staff from the Tribal Historic Preservation Office of the Seneca Nation, to establish one of the collaborative aspects of the Allegheny Valley Project. THPO Archaeologist Lauren Waldinger assisted with the surface survey, as did volunteer Laurie Labella. Preliminary results confirm the artifact distribution within Bockmier 3, and a few diagnostic artifacts will help us determine the age and nature of the site. As before, a few widely scattered artifacts were located within the area designated Bockmier 4 find-spot. It is likely the area was a low activity area during the occupation of the various sites on the Bockmier tract.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Short May Survey

We will be conducting a controlled surface survey at Bockmier 3 and Bockmier 4 sites on May 25 and May 26. Since these are weekdays, the hours will run from 1:00 PM to 7 PM, so volunteers who work days can participate. You do not need to be there the entire time to participate, and there will be some lab activities for those who do not wish to get muddy (if you participate in the survey, you will likely get muddy, so dress appropriately). Rain will not deter the survey (we will pause for downpours), but we will retreat to shelter if it thunders. We do not expect many volunteers, so feel free to bring friends or family. Children must be supervised at all times. Bockmier 3 and Bockmier 4 are located behind the Bockmier's Farm Market in Allegany, New York. See you there!

Friday, April 22, 2011

2011 Preliminary Work

The Allegheny Valley Project 2011 schedule is mainly focused on administrative duties in preparation for the full-scale summer field seasons to begin in 2012. I will be in the region for one week in the spring (May 22 - May 28) for meetings and limited testing. Unfortunately, most testing will occur on weekdays, so some may not have an opportunity to volunteer. However, I will try to keep later hours (at least until 7pm) to accomodate visitors who have to work during the day. Testing days will be announced by email within the few weeks prior, so if you are interested in volunteering or visiting and not on the email list, be sure to get on it. Simply send me an email with a request to be included at

Monday, February 21, 2011

May Fieldwork

I will be conducting a few days worth of fieldwork in late May while I am making preparations for artifact curation and meeting with representatives from local educational and cultural institutions for collaboration with future field projects. Field days will likely be the third weekend and perhaps a few days into the following week. Anyone interested in participating can contact me, and I'll get the details out when they are finalized.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Project News

Volume 2, Issue 1 of Project News (Spring 2011) will be distributed soon. If you are not on the mailing list, send an e-mail with your mailing address to to receive the free newsletter. Topics in this issue include the Archaic features from the Karl Site, and new information regarding the Allegheny Iroquois.