Auringer Seelye Chapter

New York State Archaeological Association

Founded in 1951 in Saratoga Springs, New York

Chapter Officers

President:  Bob Fusco  

Vice President:  James Walsh

Treasurer:  Carolyn Weatherwax

Secretary: Bernadette Giardina

Auringer Seelye Chapter Meetings and Activities

Auringer Seelye Chapter members generally meet in the Spring (Feb, March, April) on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Saratoga Springs Public Library and in the Fall (Sept, Oct, Nov) on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Historic Grooms Tavern, Rexford, NY. We have speakers at most of our meetings. We also take field trips to sites/museums.

Next Meeting

Here is our Spring Line-Up of speakers for our meetings. Mark your calendars and remember that our Spring meetings are held at the Saratoga Springs Library, 7PM in the Sussman Room (downstairs).

Spring 2016 meetings
Saratoga Springs Library, Sussman Room (downstairs), 7PM.

March 15: Dr. Michael Lucas, Curator of Historical Archaeology at the NY State Museum will talk about the upcoming work at Schuyler Flatts, Menands; Nicoll-Sill in Bethlehem; and the Slavery in the Hudson River Valley Project.

April 19: Joseph Zarzynski, Underwater Archaeologist and director of Bateaux Below will talk about Dr. Robert Bruce Inverarity: Shipwreck Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Artist, Naval Camouflage expert and Museum Director. Details to follow.

May 17: Professor Sean Rafferty, Professor of Anthropology, University at Albany. Topic to be forthcoming.

People can also contact the Secretary for future meeting schedule or to be on our email list.

Meeting Time

7 PM – 8:30 PM in the Spring (Feb, March, April) on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, and in the Fall (Sept, Oct, Nov) on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Meeting Locations

Spring – Saratoga Springs Public Library; Fall – Historic Grooms Tavern, Vischers Ferry.

Previous Meetings

March 17, 2015:  Dr. Jonathan Lothrop, Curator of Archaeology, NY State Museum

“Stone Tools and Human Evolution”

April 21, 2015:  Adam Luscier, Project Director, Hartgen Archaeological Associates

“Native American Footpaths and the Sites Near Them”

May 19, 2015:  David Staley, Principal Investigator, Cultural Resources Survey Program, NY State Museum

“Such as the Engineer Will Direct” – Adaptive creativity at the Chenango Canal Lock No.3, Utica, NY

September 9th, 2014:  The Auringer Seelye Chapter of NYS Archaeology Association presents a talk by archaeologist David Moyer. Moyer is owner of Birchwood Archaeology and President of the Chenango Chapter of NYSAA. Call 928-3328 for information.

Late Archaic Occupations Along the Mourningkill.

Excavations were conducted along Mourningkill Creek between 2009 and 2012 as part of a new subdivision project near Ballston Spa. Over 1,200 artifacts were recovered during the excavations and 37 prehistoric features were identified. Most of the artifacts dated primary to Late Archaic times, although radiocarbon dates and other artifacts suggest that the site was also occupied sporadically during the Woodland Period. Features encountered include a number of hearths, storage pits and two possible post mold patterns.

Two more Fall Meetings, Historic Grooms Tavern, 290 Sugarhill Rd, Rexford, NY; 7PM

October 6th, 2014:  Archaeologist Beth Suter, “Digging Beneath Albany and Conserving It’s Artifacts”  17th and 18th century artifacts from the excavation for the SUNY Parking Garage and the DEC Building in Albany; before and after conservation photos.

November 3, 2014:  Archaeologist Joseph Zarzynski, “Results of the 2014 Fort William Henry Cannon Study”  Study to document nine iron cannons acquired by the museum in 1954. The guns reportedly came from a British Colonial shipwreck that sank off Florida, thus did not see service at Fort William Henry.

April 15, 2014:  Steve Moragne, Archaeologist at the NYS Museum will give a presentation about the Early Archaic Site at Million Dollar Beach, Lake George.

March 18, 2014:  Charles VerStraeten, Curator of Sedimentary Geology at the NYS Museum spoke about local chert deposits.

February 18, 2014:  Dan Bradt, graduate of SCCC Community Archaeology Program spoke about the Amity Grist Mill Site in Vischers Ferry, NY.