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***MARK YOUR CALENDAR***
North Carolina Archaeology Day PROJECT ARCHAEOLOGY
Saturday, October 17, 2009 Teacher’s Workshop
12:00-5:00 PM Saturday, October 17, 2009
Research Laboratories of Archaeology 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
UNC-Chapel Hill Research Laboratories of Archaeology
The North Carolina Archaeological Society (NCAS) is
partnering with the Research Laboratories of Archaeology As part of North Carolina Archaeology Day, the
(RLA) at UNC-Chapel Hill to produce North Carolina NCAS and RLA are offering a FREE, 3-hour
Archaeology Day. This free family event will follow the
NCAS Fall Meeting and is supported in part by a Public
workshop for North Carolina teachers. Participants
Outreach Grant from the Southeastern Archaeological will be introduced to North Carolina’s PROJECT
Conference. ARCHAEOLOGY curriculum and other educational
North Carolina Archaeology Day will be modeled after resources related to North Carolina’s ancient past.
the successful Archaeology Days event held at the NC Participants will receive a complimentary lunch and a
Museum of Natural Sciences in 2006. There will be copy of North Carolina’s Intrigue of the Past teacher’s
engaging activities, exhibits, presentations, and activity guide (2001). License renewal credits are also
demonstrations related to archaeology and the ancient available.
history of North Carolina’s American Indians, including: The workshop is designed for teachers of students
• Displays focused on particular sites or projects in grades 4–8, but educators of all subjects and grade
• Demonstrations of ancient technologies (e.g., levels are encouraged to apply. Space is limited to 20
pottery making, flintknapping) participants.
• Featured speakers To obtain an application form, please visit
• Hands-on activities for children (e.g., Pottery rla.unc.edu/Service. If you have questions, please
Puzzles mending activity; Be an Archaeobotanist! contact Theresa McReynolds
seed identification activity; Rock Art; Pottery (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This workshop is produced in part by a grant from
• Ask the Archaeologist booth (artifact
the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.
identification and resources)
To make North Carolina Archaeology Day 2009 a
success, we need help and participation from North
Carolina’s archaeological community. If you would like to
contribute a display or activity or volunteer to help staff NOTE: The finalized agenda for Archaeology
the event, please contact Theresa McReynolds Day, along with lunch reservations, will follow in
(email@example.com). Additional information will be the next newsletter to be mailed early September.
posted on the NCAS (rla.unc.edu/ncas) and RLA
(rla.unc.edu) websites as the event takes shape.
North Carolina Archaeological Society Newsletter (Summer 2009, Volume 19, Number 2) Page 2
NCAS Spring 2009 Meeting in Elizabeth City, A Success!
With the sparkling waters of the Pasquotank River Work at a Late Prehistoric Site on the Coast of North
as a backdrop, the North Carolina Archaeological Carolina.” This site is large multi-component site
Society members enjoyed a memorable weekend with hundreds of features and an interesting
during the 2009 Annual Spring Meeting in Elizabeth occupation history. Then, Lee Tippett from the
City, North Carolina. Headquarters for the activities Louis Berger Group, Inc., Virginia, spoke on “The
was the beautiful Museum of the Albemarle located at Berrett's Ferry Site, A 17th Century Homestead on
the center of Elizabeth City’s waterfront district. Use the Chickahominy River,” highlighting the early
of the museum facilities was donated by the director historic settlement of the region. His talk was
and staff, who made sure that our every need was followed by Loretta Lautzenheiser from Coastal
anticipated and fully met. For this we are indebted to Carolina Research, Inc., who described work done on
Lisa Doepker and her staff, especially Wanda Stiles a nearby site, titled “The Cradle of the Colony:
and Clay Swindell. NCAS meeting organizers were Archaeological Investigations at the Eden House
Jeff Irwin and Tom Oakes. Site.” The last speaker of the series was Mark Wilde-
On Friday evening NCAS members were Ramsing from the Office of State Archaeology,
enlightened by a special keynote speaker, Ms. Ashley NCDCR, who spoke on “Underwater Archaeological
Atkins, recent graduate from the College of William Explorations and Discoveries in the Waters of
and Mary, and a member of the Pamunkey Indian Northeastern North Carolina” and reminded us that
Tribe in Virginia. Her talk focused on the recent archaeological resources are also abundant “under the
archaeological investigations at the site of water.”
Werowocomoco, the village occupied by Powhatan at To cap off the morning’s presentations, various
the time of the Jamestown settlement. Following the exhibits were then set up for the attendees to review,
Powerpoint lecture, NCAS members and visitors along with artifact collections from local enthusiasts.
were invited to enjoy refreshments and conversation After the catered buffet lunch provided by Captain
in the museum foyer. Bob's of Hertford, the museum provided guided
Registration kicked off on Saturday morning with tours of the special exhibitions describing local
pastries and coffee, and was followed by a brief history.
NCAS Business meeting. Next, a series of guest Finally, participants who wished to enjoy the
speakers presented recent research of the North regional cultural and historical sites were treated to
Carolina and Virginia coastal plain regions. Talks guided tours of the regions or venues. Some traveled
were held in the auditorium while a “learning table of to the Newbold-White House in Perquimans County
activities” was also being hosted by Theresa near Hertford and had a chance to sail the 1830s
McReynolds of UNC-CH in the foyer area. The first reproduction Periauger boat. Another group boarded
speaker introduced by Jeff Irwin was Dr. Randy a private vessel and was given a sailing tour of the
Daniel of East Carolina University, who spoke on Currituck Sound area, along with complimentary
Paleoindian and Archaic Period Archaeology in the passes to the Whalehead Club. In addition, the
North Carolina Coastal Plain. Dr Daniel was also Currituck Board of Tourism and Travel, augmented
excited to meet attendee Larry Etheridge from Knotts by the Museum staff, compiled a packet of treats
Island, N.C., whose collection included a Clovis type filled with information on local attractions, historic
point found there. Dr. Daniel was able to post cards, and passes that was then distributed to all
photograph and record it for his on-going Clovis meeting attendees.
Research Project. In summary, the first NCAS meeting held in
Next, Scott Seibel from Environmental Services, Coastal Carolina was a splashing great success.
Inc., spoke on “Bringing the Past into Clearer Focus: Attendance was good and everyone seemed to enjoy
Refining the Middle Ceramic Typology in the the program, the venue, the refreshments, and most
Northeastern Coastal Plain,” a careful study of of all the beautiful surroundings. Our thanks to all
regional ceramic types and chronology. Heather Mills participants including speakers, the Museum of the
from TRC Garrow Associates, Inc., brought us up to Albemarle staff, local NCAS members and NCAS
date on the work at the famous Broad Reach Site. Board members who donated their time to make this
Her title was “Broad Reach: Recent Archaeological a memorable meeting and weekend.
North Carolina Archaeological Society Newsletter (Summer 2009, Volume 19, Number 2) Page 3
The Crew, along with Captain John Ernst, prepares the 1830s replica Periauger for a launch.
Keynote speaker Ashley Atkins and host/organizer Jeff Randy Daniel exams a stone point from Larry Etheridge's
Irwin prepare for her talk. local collection.
North Carolina Archaeological Society Newsletter (Summer 2009, Volume 19, Number 2) Page 4
President: Terri Russ, PO Box 81, Hillsborough NC
Vice-president: Tommy Stine, 1923-36th Avenue
NE, Hickory, NC 28601.
Publication Schedule Treasurer: E. William Conen, 804 Kingswood Drive,
All NCAS members are encouraged to submit articles and Cary, NC 27513.
news items to Dee Nelms, Associate Editor, for inclusion in the Secretary: Linda Carnes-McNaughton, Dept of the
Newsletter. Please use the following cut-off dates as guides for Army, Directorate of Public Works, ATTN IMSE-
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Summer Issue - May 31 Winter Issue - November 30 Editor: R.P. Stephen Davis, Jr., Research
Laboratories of Archaeology, CB# 3120 Alumni
Building, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
Associate Editor: Dee H. Nelms, Office of State
Archaeology, NC Division of Historical Resources,
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Executive Board Members: Tony Boudreaux,
Kevin Donald, Ruth Morgans, Kate Pattison, Scott
Seibel, Archie Smith
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