On February, 14th, DEC Forest Ranger Lt. Ben Bramlage met with members of state and local agencies, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and property owners and their attorney concerning the site of a burial ground in Lake George Village that had been unearthed during a private construction project.
The site had not been previously known as a Revolutionary War grave site, and construction was halted after workers found human remains. Lt. Bramlage worked as a liaison between DEC, state and local agencies, and the owners as the group discussed access issues and a work plan for the property.
The New York State Museum’s team of archeologists, headed by Lisa Anderson, Curator of Bioarchaeology, is leading the project and coordinating the agencies and volunteers – including DEC archeologists Chuck Vandrei, Dave Witt, and Kristy Primeau, and DEC staff Andrew Breedlove and Gary McPherson – in excavating and cataloging the remains and chronicling the on-site work.
DEC’s Vandrei identified a button found on the site as belonging to a Revolutionary War-era military uniform coat from the First Pennsylvania Battalion. The remains were removed by the end of the following day for transportation to the State Museum for further examination.
During the project, ECOs assisted the Warren County Sheriff’s Office with maintaining security of the site, which received national media attention.
Photo of a volunteer sifting through materials at the site provided by DEC.