Bones of an 11,000-year old

Moose Elk exhibited in Pine Island
from Warwick Advertiser

Pine Island – A highlight of the Drowned Lands Historical Society demonstration of ancient artifacts in Pine Island last week was an almost complete set of bones of a Moose Elk, carbon-dated at 11,000 years old, that were found in the Black Dirt three years ago.

They were discovered sticking out of the soil by Rich Van Sickle, when he was at work at M & M Produce on Pulaski Highway in Pine Island. A collector of arrow and spear heads and prehistoric relics, he has a keen eye.

“I was working on the tractor,” he recalled, “and saw some bones in the ground.”When he dug into the soil he found the second most complete set of Moose Elk bones yet found. “It’s only missing a femur and a pelvic bone.”

The demonstration of local historical items, including arrow heads and other Indian artifacts, was arranged by John Ruszkiewicz, president of the Drowned Lands Historical Society, and held at the Pine Island Pavilion.

Ruszkiewicz gave a demonstration of an early onion seeder and a corn planter, both dating back to the early 1900’s.A piece of pink granite from Pochuck Mountain, a snow-shoe for horses, used to enable them walk in the soggy Black Dirt, and an electric marshmallow toaster from 1918 were on display.

The oldest item was a fern fossil, also brought by van Sickle, who said it was about 300 million years old.

To join or donate to the Drowned Lands Historical Society, a 501 © (3) organization, contact John Ruszkiewicz at 845-258-4359 or jonion@msn.com.

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One Response to Bones of an 11,000-year old

  1. RICHARD HULL says:

    INTERESTINGLY, THIS MOOSE ELK LIVED AT THE TIME OF THE LOCAL INDIANS WHO INHABITED THE NEARBY DUTCHESS QUARRY CAVE. PERHAPS THE ANIMAL WAS BEING PURSUED BY THE INDIANS AND GOT MIRED IN THE BOG.

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