Saturday, February 23, 2008

Amenia: First settled ... when?
When one civilization devours another, it challenges historians and archeologists to salvage the remains of the consumed. It is undisputed that Amenia was occupied by indigenous people who lived here thousands of years before Europeans laid claim to the area in the late 17th century, and that either side of the Hudson River was well established long before the Half Moon made her appearance in 1609.

Archeological findings of arrowheads and stone tools provide evidence of a population living in an agrarian community. We now recognize not only the contributions they made to ease the trading and settling by European immigrants, but also their worth and place in area history as a society as important as any that came afterward.