Tuesday, October 10, 2017

SRAC's "DrumBeats Through Time" Event Scheduled for Oct. 28th



The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) is proud to announce their 14th annual "DrumBeats Through Time" event to be held at their Center at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY on Saturday, October 28th. 
Current members are invited to the luncheon at 11 am - 12:30pm, where exclusive commemorative gifts are a part of the program. If you are not a current member, please visit www.SRACenter.org and join or re-up your membership before the event. 
The event begins at 1pm and is free to attend and is jam-packed with educational and cultural presentations throughout the day.
Beginning at 1pm, SRAC’s Presentation Schedule:
1:00 – 2:00 : SRAC's Paul Krohn: NYS Fossils 2017: Former curator at the Museum of the Earth, Paul Krohn will present his latest NYS fossil finds from 2017 and tell us about them and what New York looked like when these creatures were alive in our area.
2:00 - 3:00 : NYSAA's David Moyer, PhD: Tree Ring Dating a Dugout Canoe from The Upper Susquehanna Valley. Recently the Chenango Valley Chapter of NY Archaeology undertook an investigation into a dugout canoe that was first discovered in the 1940’s. Results of the study provides surprising information about Native American technology and subsistence practices on the northern Susquehanna region.
3:00 – 4:00 : SRAC's Dan Caister and Dr. DeeAnne Wymer: The Cayuta Creek Site (An SRAC Excavation Update): Last year SRAC undertook their first excavation at 36BR20 in Sayre, PA with some pretty impressive results leading to new questions about the early people in our region that we shared at our last Drumbeats event. This year’s excavation however has actually uncovered many new features and even more questions to go with them! 
4pm  - 5:00:  Seneca Native American Dancers: Music, Dance and Cultural Education: Richard Kane and his family from Cattaraugus, NY are authentic Seneca Native American educators and have been sharing the Seneca drums, music and dance with the public for decades. They are always the crowd favorite at SRAC’s annual events. Richard will give a short cultural presentation and then will have his family dressed in full regalia share authentic Native American cultural music and dance. 
SRAC’s co-founder and director, Deb Twigg explains, “The DrumBeats Through Time event is designed to offer a view of our region from millions of years ago when the fossils we now touch were live creatures crawling and swimming, to the early prehistoric people who lived here before us, to the Native Americans who were first recorded in historic records of our area and finally to the Native Americans that live with us and  graciously share their culture with us today. We hope you will plan to support our efforts and attend this one of a kind event.”
SRAC is a 501(c)3 and staffed 100% by volunteers, please consider donating to support their efforts here: https://www.gofundme.com/SRACGiving

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Please RSVP for the 2017 SRAC Membership Luncheon before DrumBeats

I want to thank all of our members for supporting SRAC over the years and I want to make sure that you remember that you have a free Luncheon on us coming up the day of DrumBeats 2017 at 11 am complete with exclusive prizes and a presentation about our past and future efforts - so please RSVP at 607-565-7960 and let us know if you want to bring a dish to pass (dessert or salad - we will be having pasta and salad and bread catered by the Railhouse but some members like to bring something and we love that too!) If you are not a current member but would like to attend, please re-up or join here: click here to re-up or join today!

The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) is proud to announce their 14th annual "DrumBeats Through Time" event to be held at their Center at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY on Saturday, October 28th.

Current members are invited to the exclusive luncheon at 11 am - 12:30pm. If you are not a current member please click here to re-up or join today!

It is free to attend and jam-packed with educational and cultural presentations throughout the day.

Presentation Schedule:
1:00 – 2:00 : SRAC's Paul Krohn: NYS Fossils 2017
2:00 - 3:00 : NYSAA's David Moyer, Tree Ring Dating a Dugout Canoe from The Upper Susquehanna Valley
3:00 – 4:00 : SRAC's Dan Caister and Dr. DeeAnne Wymer: The Cayuta Creek Site : An SRAC Excavation Update
4pm  - 5:00:  Seneca Dancers: Music, Dance and Cultural Education

SRAC is a 501(c)3 and staffed 100% by volunteers, please consider donating to support their efforts here: https://www.gofundme.com/SRACGiving

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ways You Can Help

Please consider bringing an item to donate on your next visit! The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) is launching their 2017 giving campaign.

I hope that you can find it in your hearts to support SRAC's efforts dedicated to the research, education, and preservation of our local Native American and archaeological heritage. As we cannot accept state or federal funding, our survival depends on our community and generous individuals like you donating whatever they can. But I also want you to know that there's more than one way that you can help. 

As you know I am not only a cofounder and director of the Center, but I also run the Crooked River Co-op across the street. This gives SRAC a unique opportunity to not only receive monetary donations, but also donations of items that we can sell at the co-op. 100% of what we sell your item(s) for goes back to the museum every day. 

So as a part of the giving campaign this year I am asking all of you who love our community, love what SRAC is doing, and have an item that you feel we could sell and raise money for the Center with at the Co-op to please consider donating that item. (If You give me a list of your donations with your contact info I will send you a letter for you to claim it on your taxes.) Most importantly, whatever way you choose to support SRAC, I want to thank you in advance for helping our organization staffed 100% by volunteers and committed to serving our community every day. Together we can make a difference. ❤️

 
 


Monday, September 18, 2017

Drumbeats Through Time 2017



The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) is proud to announce their 14th annual "DrumBeats Through Time" event to be held at their Center at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY on Saturday, October 28th.

Current members are invited to the exclusive luncheon at 11 am - 12:30pm. If you are not a current member please click here to re-up or join today!

It is free to attend and jam-packed with educational and cultural presentations throughout the day.

Presentation Schedule:
1:00 – 2:00 : SRAC's Paul Krohn: NYS Fossils 2017
2:00 - 3:00 : NYSAA's David Moyer, Tree Ring Dating a Dugout Canoe from The Upper Susquehanna Valley
3:00 – 4:00 : SRAC's Dan Caister and Dr. DeeAnne Wymer: The Cayuta Creek Site : An SRAC Excavation Update
4pm  - 5:00:  Seneca Dancers: Music, Dance and Cultural Education

SRAC is a 501(c)3 and staffed 100% by volunteers, please consider donating to support their efforts here: https://www.gofundme.com/SRACGiving

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 SRAC Public Archaeology Day!

SRAC began excavating a local Native American site 2016 that is on the verge of being erased by the plow and impacted by modern land use. Lead by archaeologist Dan Caister and anthropologist Dr. Wymer, (both board members of SRAC) our excavations have revealed that the site is over 1000 years old and may be the remains of an ancient village - most importantly our research is yielding important information concerning the ancient people who once lived in our area.

It is our hope to collect whatever data is still available before it is gone forever. Would you like to join our excavation? SRAC will be holding a public archaeology day on Saturday, September 23rd with a morning and afternoon shift available.

Here's how it works:
1.) Download our SRAC Public Archaeology form by clicking here and fill it out, you will need to bring this along with your $25 entrance fee to SRAC on the day of the event.

 2.) Click here to sign up ! 

Please note that the morning shift will be 9 am to 12:30 pm and afternoon shift will be 1pm to 4pm.

You will need to state which shift you will be able to attend on the sign up form. There are a limited amount of openings, so you will be notified of your status once we have received the information we need. Lastly please wear comfortable clothing with comfortable closed toe footwear. You will get an SRAC bag with water, etc so there is no need to bring your own water.



Saturday, April 15, 2017

“2016 Excavations at the DeSisti Site (36BR20)” Presented at Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology Meeting by SRAC's Board Members



(WAVERLY, NY) The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY is very pleased to announce the first formal professional presentation of the results of the 2016 SRAC DeSisti Site Excavations at the 2017 The Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology (SPA) 88th Annual Meeting recently.  SRAC’s board members Dan Caister and Dr. DeeAnne Wymer presented the research poster “2016 Excavations at the DeSisti Site (36BR20)” (authored by SRAC’s Dan Caister, DeeAnne Wymer, Tom Vallilee, and Don Hunt) to the combined avocational and professional archaeology association on Saturday, April 8 in Harrisburg.  This annual meeting is the most important state-wide event that brings together members of the SPA (both avocational and professional archaeologists) and is combined as well with the annual meeting for the professional archaeologists’ Pennsylvania Archaeology Council (PAC).  The event took place over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning and consisted of a series of formal presentations by individuals, research posters in the book room on Saturday, primitive games contests, and a Saturday evening banquet with guest lecture highlighting the meeting.

Somewhere around 30 presentations were given and subjects ranged from historic sites, application of new remote sensing technologies, battlefield archaeology, rockshelter materials, Paleoindian sites, to early Susquehannock language studies. The conference was hosted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (state museum) and representatives from the state museum, PennDot, ‘contract archaeology’ firms, many different colleges and universities, and various SPA chapters were present.  This was a warm and welcoming group and little attention was paid to the “line” between professional and avocational – but simply included individuals passionate about their archaeology and historic resources and the story of their regions.

The SRAC research poster summarized and visually presented the overall excavation methods, the pit features we uncovered and documented, and a nice summation of the number and type of artifacts that were discovered during the excavations.  This was also the first opportunity to reveal our radiocarbon dates to a larger, and quite interested, audience.  In addition, Dan also brought to the conference several of the very nice larger decorated pottery rim sherds and stone specimens to display on our poster table and it was informative and great fun to listen to a goodly number of archaeologists trying to figure out exactly what pottery type and period our specimens represented.  “It was very gratifying to hear people with years of experience in Pennsylvania archaeology making suggestions for continuing our research and offering to provide technical support,” Caister said.  The original research poster can be viewed at SRAC and we must once again note that none of this could have been possible without the generosity of the DeSisti family and our many volunteers.

SRAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education, research and preservation of the Native American studies in the region along the northern branch of the Susquehanna River and has many artifacts discovered from the first year excavation work at the Desisti site on display in their museum which is free to visit Tuesdays through Fridays 1-5pm and Saturdays 11-4pm.