Monday, April 9, 2012

Chuck Lucy's Artifacts Drawings on Sale Now

Chuck Lucy
SRAC has published a very rare collection by the late Charles Lucy, (local avocational archaeologist/pottery expert) of drawings of local artifacts found along the northern branch of the Susquehanna/Chemung Rivers. The book itself was written and drawn in the early 1980's with the drawings from actual artifacts found from as far back as the mid 1800's.

Ted Keir explains, "Chuck took a special interest in local clay pottery. He was considered an expert by the professionals, identifying several dozen tribes or clans by the tempering used and the pot's rim decorations found on various excavation sites. John Witthoft, considered Pennsylvania's most knowledgeable archaeologist, became Chuck's mentor, especially on ceramics and he visited the Lucy home a number of times and in 1948. He asked Chuck to become his assistant, but Chuck had to decline because the pay was so low... Chuck Lucy passed away on June 29, 2003 at the age of 81. His wife Liz lived only 40 days after Chuck's death. They meant so much to each other, I said she died of a broken heart."

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Sadly, I never met Chuck and he never got to know about SRAC...SRAC was founded in 2005...(amazing isn't it?)

Although Chuck had many articles published on the local archaeology in the region, this collection of his drawings was never put into print or made available in book format to my knowledge until now.  This 100-some page ensemble of one-of-a-kind drawings is now on sale in the SRAC gift shop for just $24.99, (and we will pack and ship to those of you out of the area for an extra $5 - at $29.99)

Whether you are a local history buff or you need a gift for someone who is - don't miss your chance to buy this unique piece of history that literally illustrates  pieces of our prehistory!
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Stop in SRAC or have one shipped to you today by mailing your check for $29.99 to SRAC, PO Box 12, Sayre, PA 18840.

SRAC is a nonproffit organization and we are ALL VOLUNTEERS - that continue to preserve our prehistoric past and efforts like those by Chuck Lucy,   while keeping our doors open 5 days a week - year round...

Please consider supporting our efforts in any way that you can.

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