Topic ID #34337 - posted 12/29/2014 5:03 PM

Allegheny Valley Project


The Allegheny Valley Project is offering volunteer learning opportunities for the 2015 Field Season in Allegany, NY. The season runs from July 6 to August 13, 8AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday. Volunteers can set their hours within this time frame, and may join us for any duration they choose. In the past we’ve had volunteers who could only participate one day, those who came out for a week or two, and a few that have participated for the duration of the season.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in scientific discovery. No experience is necessary, as new volunteers are teamed up with seasoned volunteers for hands-on learning. Volunteer opportunities range from excavation to lab processing to paperwork. Participants under the age of 14 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. We welcome local volunteers, and those from anywhere around the world. There is no charge to participate, but potential costs for volunteers include: 1) travel to and from the site, located in Allegany, New York; 2) meals; 3) lodging expenses; 4) admission fees at field trip locations. We may be able to provide assistance in arranging travel and lodging, if requested.

This is our third year working at the Allegheny Iroquois village site called Bockmier 1, dated to around AD 1250. Last year we began mapping out a longhouse, revealing a series of hearths and post molds. We also recovered several large sections of ceramic vessels within a cylindrical storage pit, and archaeobotanical remains. Radiocarbon dating places the village between 1200 and 1250 AD. Bockmier 1 also contains components from other time periods. Artifacts suggest the site was occupied from the Middle Archaic (around 6,000 years ago) through the early Late Woodland, when the Allegheny Iroquois lived there. Our investigations will lead to a better understanding of the subsistence strategy of the Allegheny Iroquois, who are the earliest known maize horticulturalists in the valley. We will also gain insight on the early development of longhouses in the region.

Bockmier 1 is located on a certified organic farm along the Allegheny River in the scenic Allegheny Plateau region of southwestern New York. There is a short (1/5 mile) hike from parking to the site. We can provide a shuttle for anyone who is unable to hike to the site. Wildlife is abundant, and the rugged hills are carpeted in lush green forest. Summers in this region are generally mild, but can be humid or rainy. The average high temperature for July is 79º F (26º C).


For more information, or to schedule your volunteer experience, contact Steve Howard at Be sure to visit the AVP blog at and our Facebook page.


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