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Indians in the Ramapos: Survival, Persistence, and Presence

Edward J. Lenik, 1999

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Indians in the Ramapos: Survival, Persistence, and Presence

Edward J. Lenik, 1999

This is a cultural history of Native American land use within the Highlands region of northern New Jersey and southeastern New York. Indian people occupied this hilly-mountainous region for thousands of years prior to European settlement, and their descendants continue to do today. Written from an archaeological viewpoint, Lenik brings describes prehistory through the present. The book includes maps, drawings, photos and tables of the archeological and historical record.


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New Book from Archaeologist Edward J. Lenik

Wayne, NJ. May 24, 2010. Archaeologist and author Edward J. Lenik's latest book Lost Arrowheads and Broken Pottery: A History of Native Americans in Bear Mountain State Park, New York has just been published by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission Press (PIPCP) and Purple Mountain Press. The book is the latest in a series of publications from PIPCP and the ninth book authored by Lenik. Lenik's earlier local works include The Archaeology of Wayne, Iron Mine Trails, and Indians in the Ramapos.

Lost Arrowheads and Broken Pottery is a history of both the Native American presence in the Bear Mountain State Park and the research efforts of archaeologists affiliated with the Trailside Museums at Bear Mountain. Lenik, who has served as honorary curator of archaeology at Trailside since the 1990s, follows in the footsteps of early researchers at the park such as James Burggraf and Max Schrabisch.

Lenik reports on the Native American components of his own excavations at Revolutionary War Forts Montgomery and Clinton. He also discusses early 20th century work in the Park, detailing sites located and artifacts recovered. Bear Mountain State Park includes Iona Island, the site of Doodletown and the Twin Forts area, all areas of former Indian occupation. The 72-page book is illustrated with 23 maps, tables, photographs and drawings.

Lost Arrowheads and Broken Pottery is available from Purple Mountain Press at or from the Palisades Interstate Park Visitors Center between exits 16 and 17 on the Palisades Interstate Parkway (open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM (EST) and 8 AM to 6 PM (DST). Phone = 845-786-5003). Cost is $9.50 plus tax.

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