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May 1, 2014

Archeology conference a first at Crown Point

CROWN POINT — To kick off its new season, Crown Point State Historic Site will host both a major bi-state archeology program and an I Love My Park Day with volunteer lakeshore cleanup.

At 1 p.m., Saturday, May 3, volunteers led by a Historic Site employee will carry out a two-hour cleanup of the site’s Lake Champlain shoreline, removing litter and driftwood.

Volunteers age 13 and older are invited to gather at the museum’s parking lot. Everyone should dress for the weather that day and also wear watertight boots.

The same day, at 8:30 a.m., the Vermont Archaeological Society will hold a joint gathering with the Adirondack Chapter of New York State Archaeology Association in the museum auditorium at the Historic Site.

This one-day archaeology conference is open to everyone and will begin with registration from 8:30 to 9 a.m., after which Crown Point Historic Site Manager Thomas Hughes will welcome attendees.

“We’re all looking forward to an exciting event,” he said. “This is something we haven’t done before.”

He said the event will offer something for almost any history scholar.

“The first important thing that I learned about this historic site, when I started working here, was that it is every bit as much an archeological site as it is a historic site,” Hughes said by email.

“So we are pleased to welcome more than 50 attendees (so far) — from throughout Vermont and upstate New York — to learn about the archaeology of this very special place.”

The cost of the conference, including the morning coffee and pastry and lunch, is $20 a person, with students getting a discount at $10.

Payment can be made at the door, but it is necessary that everyone preregister to reserve a lunch by contacting Brigitte Helzer at (802) 578-3470 or emailing her at bahelzer@gmavt.net.

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