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Archaeological Discoveries in the Lower Hudson Valley Oct. 21

SUNY Orange’s Behavioral Sciences Department, in collaboration with the Orange County Chapter of the New York Archaeological Association and the Orange County Department of Planning, will host an “Archaeological Discoveries in the Lower Hudson Valley” symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 in the Gerry Forum of the Rowley Center on the College’s Middletown campus.

The agenda will feature presentations on the prehistory of the Hudson Valley, the Dutchess Quarry Caves, archaeological explorations of the Shawangunks, native peoples in the Lower Hudson Valley during the time of European settlers, Revolutionary War archaeology in the region, and the Great Chain. Presenters will be local historians, educators and archaeological experts.

In addition, those in attendance at the Saturday symposium will have the opportunity to register for tours of the Dutchess Quarry Caves site, located near Florida, N.Y., on Sunday, Oct. 22. Events both days are free and open to the general public.

Topics, speakers, and approximate times of presentations are as follows: “Understanding Past Native American Cultures in the Hudson Valley through Archaeology” by Dr. Eugene J. Boesch, archaeologist and historic preservation consultant, 9 a.m.; “The Dutchess Quarry Caves site near Florida, N.Y. - A Window into Prehistory” by Barry D. Kass, professor emeritus of anthropology at SUNY Orange, 10 a.m.; “The Proposed Management and Interpretative Plan for the County Owned Lands at Dutchess Quarry Caves” by David Church, Orange County commissioner of planning, 10 a.m.; “Archaeological Research in the Shawangunk Mountains, 2006-2016” by Lucy Lewis Johnson, professor emerita of anthropology at Vassar College, 11 a.m.; “Ceremonial Stone Landscapes of New York State” by David Johnson, trustee, Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association, Noon; “American Indian Rock Art In The Lower Hudson River Valley and Coastal New York” by Edward J. Lenik, registered professional archaeologist, 1 p.m.; “The Native Peoples in the Lower Hudson Valley at the Time of European Contact, and Their Fate” by Richard W. Hull, professor emeritus of history at New York University and official town historian of Warwick, N.Y., 2 p.m.; “Revolutionary War Archaeology in Fishkill, N.Y.” by William Sandy, archaeologist and member of the “Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot”, 3 p.m.; and “The Iron Chain Across the Hudson Which Saved the Colonies”  by Doc Bayne, historian, 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Cory Harris, chair of the SUNY Orange Behavioral Science Department, at (845) 341-4464.



Event date, time and location.

Cory Harris
Behavioral Sciences