Saturday, March 31, 2012
We emptied our lecture hall for the Eastern African Exhibit and now have
reloaded new cases with a very special exhibit from the Ted Keir
Collection at SRAC - with hundreds of fossils and seashells!
Stop in and see a unique display of many rare items that are not on display anywhere else in our region!
Then walk over to the Native American Exhibit Hall and be amazed all over again! Thousands of local artifacts are exhibited - with alot of great information - giving visitors a real sense of our regions prehistoric and early historic past.
Kids and SRAC members get in FREE everyday and we ask for a small donation of $2 from seniors and $3 from adults to help us to pay our bills.
Stop in and see all of the new things at SRAC today and see why we continue to say that "There is ALWAYS something going on at SRAC!"
Hours are 1-5 pm Tuesdays through Fridays and Saturdays from 11-5pm.
To learn more about our Center (staffed 100% by volunteers and open 5 days a week year round!) visit http://www.SRACenter.org .
Thursday, March 29, 2012
As many of you know - we just ended the Eastern Africa exhibit that we put on display in the huge SRAC lecture hall for 6 weeks in February and part of March. During that time, we not only took out the 70-some chairs in the lecture hall, but we also emptied and removed just about all of the display cases there as well.
Combine this with the fact that we acquired 6 new cases during that time and you can start to see that some areas in SRAC are going to look quite a bit different in the coming weeks - The lecture hall alone will be filled with new exhibits to include precious minerals, incredible fossils and even sea corals, etc...We are even updating and changing some of the exhibits in the Native American Exhibit hall and have added a new case/exhibit with clothing and historic goods.
|New display in the SRAC Exhibit Hall|
|Preparing to Meet the Enemy - by Robert Griffing|
So if you haven't been in SRAC in a while, get ready to be amazed yet again by at all that we can accomplish when good people do good thing together. We are 100% volunteer staffed and most of our changes are due to good people supporting us in whatever way they can ! Want to be a part? Click here to learn more! or donate to SRAC's Giving Campaign here!
Hope to see you soon!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Cleveland . . . Cut marks found on Ice Age bones indicate that humans in Ohio hunted or scavenged animal meat earlier than previously known. Dr. Brian Redmond, curator of archaeology at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, was lead author on research published in the Feb. 22, 2012 online issue of the journal World Archaeology.
"This research provides the first scientific evidence for hunting or scavenging of Ice Age sloth in North America," said Redmond. "The significant age of the remains makes them the oldest evidence of prehistoric human activity in Ohio, occurring in the Late Pleistocene period."
A series of 41 incisions appear on the animal's left femur. Radiocarbon dating of the femur bone estimates its age to be between 13,435 to 13,738 years old. Microscopic analyses of the cut marks revealed that stone tools made the marks. The pattern and location of the distinct incisions indicate the filleting of leg muscles. No traces of the use of modern, metal cutting tools were found, so the marks are not the result of damage incurred during their unearthing. Instead, the morphology of the marks reveals that they were made by sharp-edged stone flakes or blades.
The "Firelands Ground Sloth," as the specimen is named, is one of only three specimens of Megalonyx jeffersonii known from Ohio. Based on measurements of the femur, tibia and other bones, it is one of the largest individuals of this species on record. It had an estimated body mass of 1,295 kilograms (2,855 pounds).
The sloth bones were first described in a 1915 scientific paper by geologist Oliver Hay. The collection was made known to Hay by Roe Niver, a University of Illinois student who lived in Huron County and died in July 1915. The bones were donated to the Firelands Museum before 1915. The only documentation with the remains indicates they were found in a swamp in Norwich Township. The exact locality where the bones were first discovered is uncertain.
More images: http://www.cmnh.org/site/AboutUs/PressRoom/PhotosArtLogo/mar12redmond.aspx
Youngest of their kind ever found in mainland East Asia
The fossils are of a people with a highly unusual mix of archaic and modern anatomical features and are the youngest of their kind ever found in mainland East Asia.
Dated to just 14,500 to 11,500 years old, these people would have shared the landscape with modern-looking people at a time when China's earliest farming cultures were beginning, says an international team of scientists led by Associate Professor Darren Curnoe, of the University of New South Wales, and Professor Ji Xueping of the Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology.
Details of the discovery are published in the journal PLoS One. The team has been cautious about classifying the fossils because of their unusual mosaic of features.
"These new fossils might be of a previously unknown species, one that survived until the very end of the Ice Age around 11,000 years ago," says Professor Curnoe.
"Alternatively, they might represent a very early and previously unknown migration of modern humans out of Africa, a population who may not have contributed genetically to living people."
The remains of at least three individuals were found by Chinese archaeologists at Maludong (or Red Deer Cave), near the city of Mengzi in Yunnan Province during 1989. They remained unstudied until research began in 2008, involving scientists from six Chinese and five Australian institutions.
A Chinese geologist found a fourth partial skeleton in 1979 in a cave near the village of Longlin, in neighbouring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It stayed encased in a block of rock until 2009 when the international team removed and reconstructed the fossils.
The skulls and teeth from Maludong and Longlin are very similar to each other and show an unusual mixture of archaic and modern anatomical features, as well as some previously unseen characters.
While Asia today contains more than half of the world's population, scientists still know little about how modern humans evolved there after our ancestors settled Eurasia some 70,000 years ago, notes Professor Curnoe.
The scientists are calling them the "red-deer people" because they hunted extinct red deer and cooked them in the cave at Maludong.
The Asian landmass is vast and scientific attention on human origins has focussed largely on Europe and Africa: research efforts have been hampered by a lack of fossils in Asia and a poor understanding of the age of those already found.
Until now, no fossils younger than 100,000 years old have been found in mainland East Asia resembling any species other than our own (Homo sapiens). This indicated the region had been empty of our evolutionary cousins when the first modern humans appeared. The new discovery suggests this might not have been the case after all and throws the spotlight once more on Asia.
"Because of the geographical diversity caused by the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, south-west China is well known as a biodiversity hotspot and for its great cultural diversity. That diversity extends well back in time" says Professor Ji.
In the last decade, Asia has produced the 17,000-year-old and highly enigmatic Indonesian Homo floresiensis ("The Hobbit") and evidence for modern human interbreeding with the ancient Denisovans from Siberia.
"The discovery of the red-deer people opens the next chapter in the human evolutionary story – the Asian chapter – and it's a story that's just beginning to be told," says Professor Curnoe.
Contact: Bob Beale
University of New South Wales
Mystery human fossils put spotlight on China
Friday, March 16, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The SRAC Annual Giving Fund supports day-to-day operations of our Center located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY. Contributions to this fund are vitally important to help the Center cover its general operating expenses each year. The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) is a 501c3, (nonprofit organization) and all of our funding comes from our membership, the revenues that we can generate at the Center, and donations from philanthropic organizations and generous individuals like you. In these hard economic times we need your support more than ever.
SRAC – A Unique Experience; an Exceptional Organization.
• 100% volunteer staffing
• over 50 community events a year
• open five days a week, year round
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• over 300 members
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Other Ways to Support SRAC:
Gifts to the SRAC Annual Giving Fund are welcomed in any amount and are tax deductible. Donors who give to the fund are recognized in the SRAC Journal – SRAC’s periodic publication.
Many companies offer Matching Gift programs for charitable contributions made by their employees, which could double your gift to the Center. Please contact your employer’s Human Resources Department for information.
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Items for Resale: Certain items donated to SRAC can be resold for a donation. From items that we can resell in our gift shop to eBay, SRAC would be happy to talk to you about items that you may want to donate to SRAC for resale. Once items are sold, we will be happy to provide documentation of the resale value tax purposes. Please talk to your accountant for additional information concerning the tax deductions available for the items that you want to donate.
If you would like to contribute to the SRAC Annual Giving Campaign but need more answers, please contact Deb Twigg, Executive Director and Co-Founder of SRAC at 607-727-3111
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time is running out for those of you who have not experienced the Eastern African Exhibit at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center. The "Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary People" exhibit which represents the eight nomadic tribes of Eastern Africa will close on Saturday March 17th, 2012.
Filled with items that are meant to be touched and experienced and guided by trained staff who will give you a guided tour, the Eastern African exhibit is a "don't miss" experience for people of all ages.
Maps of Africa pinpoint the area traversed by the tribes of the nomads as they eke out their existence in the harsh sub-Saharan environment. The tribes navigate the desert from one watering hole to the next, staying for months at a time and then moving on to find a new source of water and food. Because all tribes are constantly traveling, all possessions must be portable. Dress consists of sandals, ornate beaded collars and simple clothing which are represented in the exhibit. Visitors will also see a Somali hut which is occupied by up to two adults and three children, and although are made to be portable with its branches thatched with raffia , it can last 25 – 30 years and can withstand wind gusts of 40-50 miles an hour. Near the hut, a camel sits close by with its feed and watering trough while a fire with wooden stools invites visitors of all ages to sit and take in all that surrounds them. Simple utensils, ornate headrests, spears and throwing sticks, and beautifully created milk containers also adorn shelves of the exhibit, with many more artifacts to discover around each corner. Visitors are invited to touch, smell and experience the exhibit with a hands-on approach not seen in many museums today.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
|1972 Flood book available while supplies last!|
The 1972 Flood in New York's Southern Tier," by Kirk W. House: In June 1972, Hurricane Agnes hit the East Coast with a monstrous and devastating force, bringing a deluge across multiple states and slamming four counties in the Southern Tier: Steuben, Chemung, Tioga, and Broome. Dozens died and property damage ran into the millions as Corning, Elmira, Owego, Binghamton, and other communities suddenly found themselves under water. The flood destroyed the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, staggered the Penn Central, shut down Corning Glass Works for weeks, and devastated the Corning Museum of Glass—a major cultural resource. Lives and landscapes were forever changed when homes and businesses washed away in a matter of minutes. Henceforth, the region’s history became permanently divided into the times before and the times after the 1972 flood. Through stunning images, The 1972 Flood in New York’s Southern Tier chronicles the extraordinary destruction of twisted rail lines, devastated streets, exhausted recovery workers, rivers bursting their banks, cars on houses, and houses on cars, all while capturing the communities’ rebuilding efforts and recovery of the glass museum treasures.
Author Bio: Kirk W. House is the director of the Steuben County Historical Society. He also holds memberships with the Corning-Painted Post Historical Society, the Chemung County Historical Society, and several other agencies. This is his 12th Arcadia Publishing book.
SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY and are open 1-5 Tuesdays through Fridays and Saturdays from 11am - 5pm.For more information please contact SRAC at info@SRACenter.org or call 607-565-7960.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
|Erik Franklin, graphic designer and SRAC's Tom Vallilee hang the new signage on the SRAC building|
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|Mike Sisto, latest addition to SRAC Board of Directors|
Sisto is a 2007 graduate of Waverly High School, and gained his B.A. degree in History from Mansfield University. He is currently enrolled in John's Hopkins University in pursuit of a Master's degree in Museum Studies. He has been volunteering at SRAC for the past two years and has been involved with many projects at the Center in that time. He explained, "On Saturdays I spend my day at SRAC where I help with whatever I can. I am truly honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization as SRAC, and to work with such wonderful people."
SRAC's cofounder and executive director, Deb Twigg added, "SRAC is honored to add Mike as our newest board member. His interest and education are a perfect fit for this leadership position, and the board voted unanimously to add him to our board which is very active. Our directors are continuously learning and researching as well as volunteering regularly at the Center. In that respect, we are all like family here and Mike has become part of that family as well. We look forward to the opportunity to infuse SRAC with insights from the next generation coming up."
SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY and includes a large exhibit hall filled with thousands of local Native American artifacts, lecture hall and gift shop. to learn more about SRAC, visit www.SRACenter.org.