NEARA 2017 Fall Meeting
NEARA's next meeting will be held in Warwick, Rhode Island November 10 through 12, 2017. Watch this spot for further details.
Above Ground Indian Artifacts
NEARA member Norman Muller will present a talk on Above Ground Indian Artifacts: The Stone Mounds and Walls in Longswamp Township and Beyond, on Wednesday May 17, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30p.m. at the Henry Auditorium at the Lutheran Home, One South Home Ave., Topton, Pennsylvania.
Guest speaker Muller will outline his research and what has been learned at the Oley Hills stone work site. Using the shape and construction of the stone mounds and walls at the site in Longswamp Township as a model he will explain how the unique design of these stone mounds or carins, which is repeated at othe site thoughout New England and into New York, were pre-existing before the area was well settled in the late 18th century and are Indian, not Colonial.
Mr Muller has been an art conservator for 50 years and a amateur historian for 35 years. For the last 20 years, he has been deeply involved in the study of aboriginal stone constructions.
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NEW ENGLAND ANTIQUITIES RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (NEARA) Our 50th year!
Over the past two hundred years or more, as they roamed America’s northeastern woods, sharp-eyed observers have been finding enigmatic stone structures. These include elegantly constructed chambers, crude stone piles, unusual stone walls and circles, propped boulders, petroglyphs and earthen or stone mounds. Attempts at explanation have been almost as numerous as the finders. Some attribute the features to colonial field clearing, farm food storage (root cellars), animal pens or hunting shelters. Others see similarities to European or Mediterranean structures from pre-Columbian times. Some features seem to be American Indian, used perhaps for ceremonial, astronomical or calendar purposes.
NEARA was founded in 1964 to promote disciplined research exploring the origins and functions of these structures and sites, to document them and to encourage their protection and preservation. Volunteers participate in the search for new sites and enjoy the challenge of better understanding them through the traditional lenses of history, archaeology, anthropology and geology, as well as less established fields such as archaeoastronomy, deed research, and epigraphy.
Evidence has been accumulating but in many cases the mysteries remain unsolved.
NEARA is dedicated to ongoing, multi-disciplined research using the broad spectrum of the talents and abilities of its members and other researchers.
We invite you to share in this unfolding adventure of discovery by joining NEARA today.
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