Land surveyor and author John Orlandini forges a pathbreaking history of New England's indigenous peoples and how they coped with a land that most modern-day people take for granted.


 BY ROBERT L. BAKER, Wyoming County Press Examiner      10/08/2008
               
JOHN ORLANDINI     
 
In his more than four decades as a surveyor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, John Orlandini made a living out of dissecting the land.
 
He would read old deeds and try to mimic where a corner post was, or where an old hickory tree stood or think about what happened to a stone pile that was at one time important to a landholder.
 
But while he was mostly doing work for a contemporary culture, the process got him to wondering about what life might have been like for earlier generations that also tried to subsist on the land.
 
He put his imagination to the test and began a lifelong pursuit, into the realm of archaeology that has made him one of he foremost observers of pre-historic cultures in our region.