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Media Advisory: Prehistoric Sandbox Opened to the Public for One Day Only
Pethick Archaeological Site in Central Bridge, N.Y. welcomes the public Monday, July 3

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 29, 2006)

The University at Albany Department of Anthropology and the Division of Research and Collections at the New York State Museum are opening the Pethick Archaeological Site and field school in Central Bridge, N.Y., now in its fifth year of excavation, to the public for one day. Interpretive tours will be provided, and many of the site's recovered artifacts, which are housed at the State Museum, will be on site for viewing. Visitors of all ages and experience are welcome—and encouraged to bring their own collections, for on-site aid in identification by professional archaeologists.

Monday, July 3, 2006, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Pethick Archaeological Site is run as a field school through a cooperative effort by the University at Albany Department of Anthropology, under professor Sean M. Rafferty, and the Division of Research and Collections at the New York State Museum, by State Archaeologist for research and education Christina B. Rieth. This summer's excavation is being led by UAlbany lecturer Steve Moragne and teaching assistant, Jaime Moore.

Pethick Archaeological Site in Central Bridge, N.Y.

Directions from Albany: I-90 west to exit 25 A (I 88 west); I 88 west to exit 23, Central Bridge; turn right off the exit; travel approx 0.5 miles; take the first left (at flashing light) onto Route 30A; cross the Schoharie Creek and travel approx 0.5 miles; turn left onto Smith Road. The site will be on the left before the road ends (1-2 miles) and individuals will be on-hand for guided tours.

For more information visit: Archaeology Summer Field School

To register, please email Jaime Moore at or call Linda Goodwin at the Department of Anthropology at (518) 442- 4700.

The prehistoric occupation of the Schoharie Valley, New York spans several thousand years and is documented through a rich archaeological record containing evidence of the settlement and subsistence patterns of these groups. The Pethic Archaeological Site field school program trains undergraduate and postgraduate students in the techniques of professional archaeology and has produced artifacts and carbon dates suggesting that the site has been continuously occupied since at least 3,000 B.C. The most recent occupations date to the time of first contact between Native Americans and Europeans. There is evidence of several prehistoric structures at the site, and over 80,000 prehistoric artifacts have been recovered to date.

This site is located on a small terrace, just north of the Strontium Mine site. UAlbany students have opened up a number of four-meter test squares and found clear evidence of both Late Woodland and Early Woodland occupations, separated by sterile layers of soils deposited by periodic Schoharie Creek flooding. Many features consisting of fire, storage, and refuse pits were encountered as well as several apparent historic stone structures.

Editorial Note: Media may arrange to tour the site, either on July 3rd or any other day up to the close of the project on July 21st. Advance notice is requested to assure that key artifacts are on hand..


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