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HIGHLANDS ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL CONFERENCE
THE NORTH JERSEY HIGHLANDS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THE INC. ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER, NYSAA
THE FRIENDS OF STERLING FOREST
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016
LAUTENBERG VISITOR CENTER, STERLING FOREST STATE PARK
115 OLD FORGE ROAD, TUXEDO, NEW YORK
MORNING FIELD TRIP: 10AM TO NOON
Join Doc Bayne on a field trip to see the Peter Townsend forge where links of the Great Chain were manufactured. Meet at the hikers' parking lot opposite the Visitor Center on Old Forge Road. We will car pool from here. The forge site is in a rocky location, providing a moderately difficult walk.
FORMAL PROGRAM: 1:00PM TO 4:15PM AT THE VISITOR CENTER, LOWER LEVEL
Jason Okin, NJHHS, presiding.
1:00 PM to 1:25 PM: “Determined to Right a Wrong & Save Lives.” Vincent Mann, Turtle Clan Chief, Ramapough Luunape Indian Nation.
1:25PM to 1:50PM: '' 'Whatchoo Talkin' Bout Potsherd?' Insights into Upper Delaware Valley Late Woodland Ceramics.” Gregory D. Lattanzi, PhD, Curator / State Archaeologist, Bureau of Archaeology & Ethnography, New Jersey State Museum.
1:50PM to 2:15PM: “Archaeological Research in the Shawangunk Mountains, 2006-2016.” Lucy Lewis Johnson, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Vassar College.
2:15PM TO 2:35PM: “Hunterbrook Rockshelter.” John Phillips, Naturalist at Croton Point Park Nature Center, President of the Louis A. Brennan Lower Hudson Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association.
Coffee Break: 2:35PM TO 2:50PM
2:50PM to 3:15PM: “Native American Chert Mining in the Valley of Black Creek.” Richard A. Patterson, Independent Researcher.
3:15PM to 3:40PM: “The Chain that Saved the Colonies.” Donald “Doc” Bayne, President, The Friends of Sterling Forest.
3:40PM to 4:05PM: “The Ramapo River Watershed vs. The Proposed Pilgrim Oil Pipelines.” Geoff Welch, The Ramapo River Committee.
1:00PM to 4:00PM BOOK ROOM
Program Chair: Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., Inc.OCC,NYSAA, ASNJ & NJHHS.
Meeting facilities courtesy of Sterling Forest State Park, Michael McElroy, Park Manager.
I attended the Highlands Conference, yesterday. It was heavy on detail from various archaeological sites--mostly rockshelters and chert mining in southeastern New York and northern New Jersey; though, also some river valley sites along the upper Delaware River drainage and the Wallkill. This was the 30th annual Highlands Conference organized and chaired by Ed Lenik and he announced it would be his final one. Ed is now 83 years old and has had some serious health problems, lately. It is highly unlikely anyone will take over the headaches involved in putting the Conference together; so, this was almost certainly the final one. It was always one to look forward to, but, of course, all things must pass.