Around the Tiers: Drumbeats Through Time

By Haley Burton

October 3, 2013 Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM EDT

Waverly, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) announced its tenth annual “Drumbeats Through Time” event will be held Saturday, October 5.

The free event is from 11- 4pm at the SRAC, located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly.

The event, which is a celebration of the SRAC, its mission, supporters and the region’s Native American past, begins at 11 a.m. with a SRAC membership luncheon that will be catered by the Waverly Methodist Church, and includes prizes and gifts for SRAC members.

At 1 p.m., the doors open to the public and the first speaker of the event will be Dr. Barry Kass, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Orange County Community College in Middletown, where he has taught various courses in anthropology, sociology, and human geography for more than forty years. Dr. Kass will present, “Quarry Caves Site near Florida, N.Y.: Key Archaeological Discoveries of the Earliest Inhabitants of the Lower Hudson Valley in New York State.”

At 2 p.m., SRAC advisory board member, Dr. Deeanne Wymer, professor of Anthropology at Bloomsburg University will give a presentation on the excavations she led in 2012 on a Hopewell ceremonial mound site that had numerous significant features that will be discussed and shown on screen.

“Dr. Wymer has been with SRAC for many years and has given a handful of presentations in that time that always are popular and in fact I still refer to in many of the tours that I give at SRAC," said Deb Twigg of the SRAC.

At 3 p.m., SRAC will welcome the national award winning Seneca “Buffalo Creek Dancers”.

The event is free to attend. The SRAC Exhibit Hall will also be open and include several local private collections that are not normally on public display.

Twigg added, “This truly is a huge celebration of SRAC and what we stand for, filled with friendships, education, and of course representation of the Native Americans that we all include as a part of this region’s local heritage. There’s just nothing like this event anywhere else around, and I hope the public comes out and supports our efforts.”