Central States Archaeological Societies
Central States Archaeological Societies


ON THE SURFACE

John T. Crowley

Editor CSAJ
Central States Archaeological Societies 2003 Summer Journal
We have published far more articles than in the past and many of these were ahead of their time and on the cutting edge of American archaeology. We have also published some very controversial articles. I expected some nasty responses but thye never came. The truth always wins out and carries its own weight. Some of these articles caused others to write and the debate only raises us all to a higher lever. We have published many "I found an arrowhead stories," and they have merit. These articles are important because they identify an artifact found in a specific place and we often get to experience the find through words of the author.


This is the first notice to our members of what happened at the Central States Archaeological Societies Inc. annual delegates meeting. The minutes of the meeting will be published in the Fall Central States Archaeological Journal. This meeting was difficult, like many others during my many years of service. I have enjoyed serving as editor and I will continue for another year. My goals when I began were to make the CSAJ better, and to be the best editor the CSAJ ever had. Time will tell if I was successful. I am comfortable with my contribution in any event.


My predecessor in office, Mr. Alan Banks, knew of the troubles brewing and counseled me prior to the meeting. In addition, Alan also wrote a letter to Ben Thompson, Chairman of the Nominating Committee to be read at Ben's discretion. It was read to the delegates by Mr. Ben Thompson. This letter follows:


The CSAS
Many of the delegates will not know me. I was Editor from 1986 to 1996 and attended all the CSAS business meeting in those days and learned how the society works. I also developed a deep appreciation for the journal, and a profound respect for the officers who manage the society and the members who contributed to the journal.


The CSAS has always been a noble endeavor. It has involved many people working to produce a journal and share their knowledge of the artifacts and archaeology of their areas for almost 50 years. It has been a noble cause because no one has done it for money (no one got paid). They have worked for the CSAS simply because they recognized the importance of documenting artifacts and information.


A few people have done more than others. The way the roles in the CSAS are structured the Editor and Business Manager bear most of the workload. This requires people willing to take on what is a part time job, without pay. Schedules must be met and members must be served so these people must be willing to devote their time and energy to the society. Over the years we have been lucky to have good people in these roles who are both willing and capable.


The CSAS is a fragile thing. It is dependent on the good will and support of the people from an ever growing number of state societies. It is dependent on officers who can work well together for the benefit of the society. Few people join an archaeological society (or any other organization) to become an officer. They join because the objectives of the organization appeal to them, and then they become officers from a sense of duty to sustain the organization. Belonging to the organization should be interesting, rewarding and fun, not contentious and frustrating.


I encourage the officers of the CSAS to work together in a positive way to continue the long tradition of the journal and to continue to build on past accomplishments. The journal is better than ever before and there are more affiliated societies than ever before. I hope everyone will focus on making things better in the future and leave the things that have been devisive behind.
Sincerely, Alan Banks


In this journal we have a number of important articles. John Booth of Georgia, recorded a family heirloom. It is the artifact featured on our cover. Rodney Peck informs us of yet another Paleo site. Dale Roberts of Iowa, gives us an article with a historical artifact perspective. George Jachim and William Steele, of Michigan, document Michigan's Bayport chert, and an unusual boatstone found in Michigan. Bill Breckinridge of Oklahoma, tells us of his discovery of an Allen point found in his native state, Oklahoma. Oklahoma, gets the credit for this one per his request. Authors David Peterson and Jim Maus continued our education on diverse subjects including modern native copper experimentation and a pair of unusually small axes from North Carolina.


Our 4th Regional journal featuring Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, will be published as planned this Fall. I have no doubt that it will a source of pride for Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Our authors made it possible. I expect that this journal will be the finest regional publication to date. Assistant editor, Ellen Worley championed this monumental task. She asked
for this very important assignment and I was happy to have her help.


Our running total of articles through this journal are: Illinois-7, Missouri-7, Indiana-8, Arkansas-3, Kentucky-1, Tennessee-0, Iowa-5, Wisconsin-3, Georgia-5, Alabama-3, Michigan-2, N&S Carolina-8, Texas-3, Kansas-3, Minnesota-2, Florida-1, and Institutional articles-9. From our members in other states we have: Massachusetts-1, Ohio-1, Oklahoma-2. This brings our grand total to date in at 75 articles. This may well be a record and I am pleased with the total. But records are made to be broken. I have said it before and will say it again, "DOCUMENTATION IS WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT! WRITE YOUR PAGE IN HISTORY!" Our members have consistently made CSAJ the most respected AVOCATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL PUBLICATION IN EXISTENCE! Continue your good works and document all that you find. Good luck hunting.

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