In June 2015, avocational archaeologists Mike Beardsley and Mark Clymer were surveying for Native American archaeological sites on farm property owned by Tom and Joyce Bush in central New York. Walking across their fields, Mike spied a large scraping tool of chert. Days later, he discovered a fluted point in the same area, confirming the presence of a Paleoindian site, later named Owlville Pine South or OPS. Since then, NYSM archaeologists have annually directed volunteer excavations at OPS, uncovering stone tools left at this Ice Age Native American encampment. Recognizing the importance of the OPS site as a window into the earliest human presence in central New York, Tom and Joyce Bush have unconditionally supported this ongoing field research. In 2019, they generously donated to the NYSM all artifacts collected and excavated to date at OPS, making them available for research, public education and exhibition.
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