<![CDATA[Native American Church of Virginia - Paleo News Room]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:02:20 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Second Horse Tooth Found around Triangle Formation at Paleo-Indian Site]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:57:14 GMThttp://sanctuaryonthetrail.org/paleo-news-room/second-horse-tooth-found-around-paleo-indian-site
BLUEMONT, VA -- An 11-year-old Boy Scout found a fossilizing horse tooth around the triangle formation at the Paleo-Indian site here this week. Carter Tarbet was one of seven Boy Scouts from Troop 743 Round Hill, Virginia in Loudoun County who helped clear land to help with an upcoming 3D-scanning when he discovered the tooth.
     Describing the boys, Dave Tarbet 743 Troop Leader said, "They don't think about thousands of years ago. People lived here and left things behind."
     Dave is also Carter's father, and sounded proud that his son found the old horse tooth. 
     "It is eye opening for the boys to find something right here in their back yard," Dave added.
     This is the second horse tooth found here. Chris White, property owner, found the first fossilizing horse-tooth near the concentric rings last year. Evidence across America indicates the horse was here well before Columbus. The horse became extinct after the last Ice Age, some 9,000 years ago
     "We have not date tested the teeth, but it looks and feels very old," Chris said.
     Other artifacts excavated here over the past five years show this site was last use 10,470 years ago.
   "The boys helped a great deal and earned their archaeology merit badge and Indian lore merit badge for helping us," said Chris who has been working to preserve the site, since he discovered it over five years ago.
    "The boys had a great time and enjoyed seeing all the different parts of the property and understanding the uses," Dave added.

Congratulations Round Hill, Va
Boy Scout Troop 743

Triangle Formation with Stepping Stone. Photo by Michael Dowling (2014).
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Rock circles linked to ancient Indian Site 
Shadows of Distance Past
Archaeologist Claims 12,000-Year Old Solstice Site in Clarke County

<![CDATA[Boy Scouts Help Clear for 3D Scanning]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:08:37 GMThttp://sanctuaryonthetrail.org/paleo-news-room/boy-scouts-help-clear-for-3d-scanningSeveral boy scout troops have come through in the past three months, helping clear for 3D scanning. We appreciate their community service and enjoyed helping them earn their archaeology and Indian lore merit badges.

<![CDATA[Events in Jan 2016]]>Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:03:06 GMThttp://sanctuaryonthetrail.org/paleo-news-room/events-in-jan-2016We busy preparing for fundraising events to include hosting an Indian Village at the Bluemont Fair this September. The is part of the Harvest Gathering events and more is available at www.HarvestGathering.org.
Our brother Jimmy Thundercloud raising his sacred fan at the drum singers during The Gathering 2015.
<![CDATA[Nov 2015 Event]]>Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:59:19 GMThttp://sanctuaryonthetrail.org/paleo-news-room/nov-2015-eventThe Gathering kicked off Native American heritage month. Close to 5,000 people attended the 3-day event and we raised and returned more than $20,000 into the community.
PHoto gallery
<![CDATA[October 2015 Event]]>Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:55:41 GMThttp://sanctuaryonthetrail.org/paleo-news-room/october-2015-eventThe Gathering is an educational celebration of agri-culture in partnership with many groups. The Sanctuary on the Trail hosted the event to help as a seed starter. Many people donated and supported our efforts this month. A gallery of photos is available at www.HarvestGathering.org or clicking on the link below.
Photo Gallery
<![CDATA[Subterranean Sweat Lodge Underway Across Creek from Paleo-Indian Site]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:21:58 GMThttp://sanctuaryonthetrail.org/paleo-news-room/subterranean-sweat-lodge-underway-across-creek-from-paleo-indian-site
     Any members ready to get dirty? Chris was inspired to build a subterranean sweat lodge at the Sanctuary to replace the current sweat lodge (photo below). For those who have attended ceremony, it is across from the original sweat lodge beside the creek.
Read a related 2012 STORY about an Iroquois Indian subterranean sweat lodge discovered in Wabash County Indiana
<![CDATA[Archeology Society of Virginia Members Visit Paleo-Indian Site]]>Sun, 10 May 2015 06:18:43 GMThttp://sanctuaryonthetrail.org/paleo-news-room/archeology-society-of-virginia-members-visit-paleo-indian-site
Thanks for visiting the Paleo-Indian site from the Banshee Reeks Archeology Society of Virginia:
  • Bob Shuey Registered Professional Archeologist
  • Hayden W. Mathews BRASV Chapter President/Environmental Historian
  • Susan Grealy Rock Creek Companies
  • Frank Mclaughlin ASV
<![CDATA[Swarming with Mayflies around Paleo-Indian Site]]>Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:38:27 GMThttp://sanctuaryonthetrail.org/paleo-news-room/swarming-with-mayflies-around-paleo-indian-site
Sanctuary on the Trail -- Turns out catching mayflies is equivalent to panning for gold and we are swarming with Mayflies at the Sanctuary this Spring.
   Mayflies are very sensitive to pollution, and as such are usually only found at high quality, minimally polluted sites. Their presence in the Sanctuary aquatic ecosystem is a strong indicator of a very healthy creek and natural springs around the Paleo-Indian site.
<![CDATA[The Observer Newspaper Staff Walk  Paleo-Indian Site]]>Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:46:16 GMThttp://sanctuaryonthetrail.org/paleo-news-room/the-observer-newspaper-staff-walk-paleo-indian-site
Sanctuary on the Trail™ -- The Observer Editor David Lillard, Advertising Director Jennifer Welliver and Writer Liz Kirchner walked the Paleo-Indian site here today observing the concentric rings of rocks, new features and rare Spring flowers.
     The team sat in round circle with site owners Chris and Rene' to discuss "The Gathering" an annual educational celebration of agri-culture coming this Fall.
     "The Gathering" elders' council members and communities in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley are hosting the event with an invitation for visitors from across the nation to come, learn and participate.    
Liz Kirchner writer for "The Observer" recording explanations about the site features.
David Lillard editor with "The Observer" viewing new site features.
     The Observer is a FREE, monthly publication that is mailed to every mailbox, residential and business, in Clarke County Va. and left for pickup at various locations throughout Eastern Frederick, Clarke and Western Loudoun Counties.
    This month’s issue has 28 pages and 9,000 printed copies. Visit www.vaobserver.com to see a full color PDF of The Observer of Clarke County.
<![CDATA[Shenandoah University Mesoamerican Class Walks Paleo-Indian Site in Northern Virginia ]]>Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:40:48 GMThttp://sanctuaryonthetrail.org/paleo-news-room/shenandoah-university-mesoamerican-class-walks-paleo-indian-site-in-northern-virginia
Sanctuary on the Trail™ -- Shenandoah University Professor Dr. Bryan Pearce-Gonzales and eight students from his Mesoamerican civilizations class studied the Paleo-Indian site here today. Some of the students called it a "once in a lifetime possibility" to visit such an old and historic site.
    “I am teaching a class this semester on Mesoamerican civilizations, primarily the Olmec, Maya and Mexica people and their cultures,” said Dr. Pearce-Gonzales SU Department of World Languages & Cultures. “Our approach to these Mesoamerican civilizations has begun with a look at the Paleoindian peoples who first came to the Americas.
    The historical/archaeological tour included the concentric rings, triangle with stacked rocks and discussion about artifacts and dating techniques.
    “I am so grateful to you and your husband for making this trip a possibility and for sharing such an incredible piece of human history with my class and the greater community,” said Dr. Pearce-Gonzales in an email to the site’s custodians.
    Shenandoah University's World Languages & Cultures Department seeks to prepare students to be true Global Citizens. In addition to instruction in Spanish, French, German and English as a Second Language, they promote community service in the target language and study abroad opportunities around the world.
    These small, interactive classes are led by professors like Dr. Pearce-Gonzales who combine cutting-edge scholarship with individualized attention to help students develop to their fullest potential.
Shenandoah University Mesoamerican civilizations class visiting the Paleo-Indian site at the Sanctuary on the Trail™ on March 27, 2015.
Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures Shenandoah University
Personal Highlights  Taking SU students on a hike on the Appalachian Trail to visit native ruin sites, leading student groups on trips to Argentina and Panamá, and watching students build a Mayan-inspired pyramid/time capsule to be opened in 2018.