Member Pat Douthitt made an announcement regarding the upcoming meeting of the Archaeological Society at the Cleveland Museum of Art at which the video of Brian Redmond's lecture to their society last year would be presented. She urged everyone to attend and stated that similar videos would be shown every Wednesday evening through August at the CMA.
Bill MacDermott announced that the annual Kirtlandia dues notices will be in the mail shortly and politely requested everyone to send in their dues promptly. Bill also announced that Archaeology Day would be Saturday, June 23. He anticipates having the Kirtlandia information table set up and staffed in the lobby and asked for interested volunteers to help with staffing. Treasurer Charles Greenwald was absent from today's meeting. Consequently, there was no Treasurer's report.
President Ganger urged Kirtlandia membership to support the new planetarium by buying stars. Ted then, in the absence of Bob Taylor, Program Chairman, gave an interactive introduction of today's speaker, Dr. Brian Redmond, head of the Archaeology Department at CMNH using a question and answer format that was very entertaining and informative.
Dr Redmond presented the group with a wonderful presentation on his research in collaboration with Ken Tankersley (Kent State) on Sheriden Cave located in Wyandot County near Findlay. The cave was discovered approximately eleven years ago when a sinkhole was cleared at the Indian Trail Caverns. It held exquisitely preserved remains of plants and animals (60 species) from the late Pleistocene period - 12,000 to 13,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age. Stone tools were also found. In 1995 a bone point was recovered. Then, in 1998, a fluted stone spearpoint was recovered in an area close to that of the 1995 discovery. Since then another bone point was discovered, nearly identical to the first, and both are very similar to those recovered from other sites around the country.
The question arises as to what were people doing in the cave. Evidence points to collecting food, seeking shelter, and storing weapons. The artifacts have been studied and dated using sophisticated methods. No more work is currently being done at the site. However, the work continues studying the collection of artifacts.
After a spirited Q & A period, the meeting adjourned at 11:12 a.m.