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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thanks everyone!

Although I wish I could have stayed in the (relatively) cool summer of New York, I am back in Texas now ... toasty. Thanks to all who participated and to all who supported us through kind words and contributions. AVP 2012 was a great success, and now there is plenty of work to be done analyzing the data. Artifact pictures will be posted soon, as well as updates on the analysis process, report production, and AVP Field Season 2013 (already in the planning stages). I hope to see all of you next year, whether returning or for the first time. Special thanks go out to the Seneca Iroquois Nation Museum and Seneca Nation THPO for their involvement and support, to Tom Sherman for his tireless efforts for three weeks, to Marcia Karl and Jack Stoeckel for allowing us to work on their adjacent parcels, and to Alice Altenburg, Jill Patton, Marcia Karl, Dave Hornburg and Shults Auto for their support of the project. Finally, a hearty thanks goes out to all of our volunteers! I hope to see all of you again next year!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Last Days Schedule Changes

We will be open to volunteers and visitors at the site Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 6pm. You may just show up at the site if you'd like (4316 S. Nine Mile Rd). Thursday we will be having a lab workshop at the Seneca Nation Museum's curation facilities in Salamanca, beginning at 10am. Email me at if you'd like to participate in the workshop, and I'll email the directions to you. Saturday, sadly, we will be closing up the site and I'll be packing up for my trip back to Texas. We would like to see you at the site or the workshop this week!


A participant through the Seneca Nation Vision 20/20 program learns to map a plan view.

Feature 1 revisited

The remnants of Feature 1 at Karl.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Workshop Postponed

Due to the sensitivity of the equipment to the weather, we are postponing the remote sensing/CRM workshop. If we are able, we will reschedule the workshop later in the week. Sorry about the short notice, but we thought the weather would be a little more cooperative. Come on out to the site to visit or volunteer this week, as it's the last week of the season!

Rain Out

We were rained out today, conveniently right around lunchtime, so fortunately we managed to get a half-day in. Unfortunately, it looks like it may rain off and on for the rest of the day. If it is raining or threatening rain around the time of the workshop, we will have to cancel.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Workshop Sunday

Weather permitting, we will have the combined Cultural Resource Management and non-intrusive investigation (remote sensing) workshop on Sunday at 5:30 in the field. We will be discussing CRM processes and procedures, and remote sensing devices such as ground penetrating radar and gradiometers, and their utility to archaeology. We're in our last week of the 2012 field season, so be sure to visit soon!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Schedule Change

Today's scheduled CRM workshop will be combined with the reconnaissance workshop on July 15th. We will be excavating at the site until 5:00 today, weather permitting. Monday's scheduled day off will be a fieldwork day, from 9 to 5. The site is open to visitors every day, from now until the site closing on July 21st. Volunteers are always welcome, as well. See you in Allegany!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ID Workshop

Thursday's workshop begins at 10am, and we will be looking at various  local artifact types and how to identify them. Feel free to bring items from your own collections for identification. The workshop will be held at the corral at 4316 S Nine Mile, for ease of access.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

We have a workshop scheduled at 9 today, then fieldwork will stretch from 11 to 7. If you miss today's workshop, a similar one is scheduled for Thursday.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Fieldwork was interrupted today by a fast and furious storm. Tomorrow is a scheduled day off, and we will resume fieldwork on Monday. As always, volunteers are welcome! Send me an email at

Friday, July 6, 2012


A week into the project, and we have made a dent in the research design. Three 1m by 1m units are underway, and we have several shovel tests completed. Features are just beginning to emerge. We can still use volunteers, so come on out. Remember, tomorrow (Saturday) is an open visitor day, so come on down to check out what we're up to.

                                              A young volunteer flagging artifacts in Area B.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Thursday's lab workshop will be held at the site, and excavations will occur as we prep for the workshop, so the excavation schedule for Thursday is 9 to 6 as usual.

Open Day

Happy Independence Day! Today the site is open to public visitors from 11am to 3pm,so come on out to see what we're up to. Bring a picnic lunch, if you like, as we will be having lunch around noon. The project this year is funded completely by private donations, so we have t-shirts available for a $15 donation ($12 for volunteers). You can register to volunteer at the site, if you haven't already.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Finishing up initial shovel test pits today, then we'll start unit excavations. Volunteers of all capacities are still needed. Email today or visit the site on open days (now Wednesdays and Saturdays). Scroll down through older posts to see the schedule and workshop days.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


In the Times Herald article, the email address read The address is actually Thanks for your interest, and email to volunteer! The site is open to public visitors from 11am to 3 pm on Wednesday July 4th. See you there!


Grid is set up, two shovel tests down, and a surface survey of the adjacent parcel is in the works. Sending the grid into to J. Stoekel's field today, so we'll be ready to expand the distribution map next week. I'm told we made the front page of the local paper today...