Friday, October 9, 2015
12th ANNUAL DRUMBEATS THROUGH TIME - Saturday October 17th
The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) located at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY invites you to celebrate the 400th anniversary of "Carantouan" - the first historic account of our region in 1615 by a young French explorer named Stephen Brule. His captivating story of Carantouan as well as the controversy that has followed will be one of the topics of discussion at SRAC's 12th Annual Drumbeats Through Time event scheduled from 1 - 5pm on Saturday October 17th.
The doors open for the public at 12:30 with speakers starting at 1pm in the SRAC lecture hall. The first speaker of the day will be Paul Krohn, who donated the largest NYS private collection of fossils which are now on exhibit at SRAC for the public to enjoy. Paul has been collecting fossils throughout New York State for most of his life and has extensive knowledge on the topic. His impressive resume of fossil work includes being a past curator at the Museum of the Earth.
The second speaker of the day will be Dr. Deeanne Wymer from Bloomsburg University who will be presenting her latest excavation and findings at The Snake Den Mound Complex. The site has provided new insights into the understanding of the Hopewell culture's usage of hilltop spaces, and Dr. Wymer will share her vast knowledge from work spanning decades on the topic in her usual creative and energetic style.
The third speaker of the day will be SRAC's cofounder and executive director, Deb Twigg presenting "Carantouan and Spanish Hill" in celebration of the 400 the anniversary of the first white explorer entering our region 5 years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, in 1615. Twigg's article that was published in the peer reviewed archaeology journal, The Pennsylvania Archaeologist in 2005 places the nation of Carantouan (three villages) in the vicinity of Spanish Hill.
The event closes with the national award winning Seneca "Buffalo Creek Dancers" who will share their traditions and dances for the audience to enjoy. The event is free for the public to enjoy and is SRAC's annual celebration of the region's prehistoric and Native American past. To learn more visit http://www.sracenter.org/drumbeats/ .