This is the place to find out the latest developments in the AVP. Find out what new archaeological discoveries have been made, and find out how to volunteer for an archaeological investigation.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The site is behind 4316 South Nine Mile Road. There is parking in the corral next to the barn. Please walk down the drive to the right of the small mobile home on the parcel.

Field Workshop

Today is the first field workshop, 9 to 11am, then volunteer hours begin! Today we will focus on setting up the grid and locating the old excavation units. Over the next few days, we will expand the excavation at Feature 3, and we will be testing other anomalies that were revealed with a device called a gradiometer.
SCHEDULE UPDATE: The scheduled "day off" on Monday will be a fieldwork day from 9am to 3pm.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Field Season 2012 is almost here! Funding for this season's equipment and supplies comes mainly from donations from D. Hornburg, A. Altenburg and J. Patton. We have several local volunteers registered, and a few from not-so-local places like New Hampshire and Virginia. As the first full-scale season of the project, this is our "test run," so to speak. We are still working on a shoe-string budget, and have allowed ourselves some flexibility to learn what works and what doesn't. It promises to be an exciting season!
This blog will serve as a communications window during the field season, with updates at least every few days. Any scheduling changes that may occur will also be posted here.
On a more somber note, during preparations for this season, I learned that Jim Bockmier passed away on February 23. Through the years, Jim has graciously allowed countless investigations on his farm, from field surveys, to test excavations to a SUNY Geneseo field school that ran there for two summers. He was a great friend and the most intelligent agriculturalist I have ever met. He taught me much about the processes he used to produce his famous sweet corn and other produce. He was always interested to hear about the archaeological work that went on in the Allegany area, including on his acreage. Jim, you will be missed.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Volunteer registration

Volunteer spots are still available on most days, and all workshops are still open to new participants. Register today to ensure your spots. (Just email to or with your preferred dates. It's that easy.)