The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center 13th annual Drumbeats Program on Saturday October 15th includes an exclusive membership meeting in the morning and an afternoon filled with great presentations for the public. Starting at 1pm, speakers include Dr. DeeAnne Wymer and Dan Caister presenting their findings to date from the excavation underway by SRAC, Deb Twigg presenting the 100 year anniversary of the Susquehanna River Expedition, Seneca Representative Dick Kane presenting Native American pipes and their uses, and as is the tradition for SRAC, the event closes with the national award winning “Buffalo Creek Dancers” from the Seneca nation to share their songs, dances and culture with the attendees. It’s a unique experience for all ages to enjoy for free.
Current members are invited to attend the annual luncheon beginning at 11:00 am – 12:30pm. Annual memberships can be renewed or initiated by stopping in SRAC before the event, joining at the event, or by visiting www. SRACenter.org and clicking on “Memberships
October is “Archaeology Month” and SRAC is also hosting is a Public Archaeology day on Saturday, October 22nd and invite the public to sign up to take part in the actual excavation and to learn from their professional staff about the excavation and even take part. SRAC’s Deb Twigg explains, “Early this summer SRAC began excavating a local Native American site 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. DeeAnne 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 locality. It is our hope to collect whatever data is still available before it is gone forever. The public is invited to be a part of this excavation to experience our prehistoric past and what SRAC is dedicated to up close.”
“Twigg added,”As you might guess, this is a huge effort by the all volunteer staff of the SRAC museum as well as an expensive endeavor that we hope that you will come to our event and continue to support our efforts.”