The history of Native American presence within Bear Mountain State Park as evidenced in specific places and archaeological finds that readers can visit and view there today.
Lost Arrowheads and Broken Pottery: A History of Native Americans in Bear Mountain State Park, New York
About the Book
The Native American people of the Hudson Highlands were Eastern Algonkian speakers of the Munsee and Mahican languages. Bear Mountain and Harriman state parks were the focus of extensive and intensive land use by these peoples for more than 10,000 years. Evidence of Indian occupation and later historic-period use of the land exists there in many forms, ranging from rock shelters, campsites and mines to archaeological items such as tools and weapons. This book describes the extensive archaeological finds at Bear Mountain State Park, telling of discoveries at specific locations including Fort Clinton, Fort Montgomery, Iona Island , Dunderberg Mountain and Doodletown. It details what these artifacts reveal about the lives and movements of these peoples. Lost Arrowheads and Broken Pottery will interest hikers, visitors and anyone interested in the history of Native Americans in the Hudson Valley.
Co-published by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission Press
About the Author
Edward J. Lenik is a registered archaeologist whose sights have been focused for more than a half century on the cultural history of the Ramapo Mountains in Northern New Jersey and the Hudson Highlands in downstate New York. He is a past president of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey and the Eastern States Archaeological Federation. As honorary curator emeritus of archaeology at Bear Mountain’s Trailside Museums, he developed a monitoring program to protect the many rock shelters and other Indian archaeological sites in Harriman-Bear Mountain State Park.
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