Another Take on Blair Mountain

I have written several posts on the subject of Blair Mountain. Middle Savagery provides an interesting look at the subject.

I also urge you to support The Friends of Blair Mountain and help prevent this hsitoric area from being strip-mined.

Sutton Hoo Photographs Rediscovered!

This is a really cool story! From the linked to article:

Like the original ship burial, this remarkable find has laid unseen and forgotten for a long time. Tucked away in a dusty storeroom were a couple of fairly nondescript cardboard boxes.

Inside these unprepossessing packages were a photographic treasure trove which sheds new light on the discovery and the excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship burial.

Inside the boxes were more than 400 photographs taken during the summer of 1939 by two visiting school teachers Barbara Wagstaff and Mercie Lack.

An added bonus is that some of the photos are in color. Apparently, the two women had free run of the dig so the pictures are a pretty detailed record of the excavation. Follow the link to view some of the photos.

Also, the next edition of the Four Stone Hearth is tomorrow so please send me your submissions. Also feel free to submit any interesting anthropology posts that you have stumbled across! My email address is in the “About” tab.

Blair Mountain Update

About a month ago I mentioned that the National Park Service had made a horrible decision to delist Blair Mountain from the National Register of Historic Places. They are now being sued: Continue reading

Shame on the National Park Service: Will Blair Mountain Be Strip-Mined?

The National Park Service has made a horrible decision on Blair Mountain. The mountain was the scene of a battle between coal miners, coal companies and the government. The L. A. Times describes the National Park Service’s horrible decision on Blair Mountain:
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Road Trip: Mastadon State Park and Graham Cave State Park

Yesterday I went to Mastadon State Park (in Imperial, MO). I have been there before and mainly went because I needed to replenish my stock of sabertooth tiger and mastadon earrings. I also picked up a nifty sabertooth tiger key chain. On the other hand, I have never been to Graham Cave – which is a rather important site in Missouri (you can find out more about it here). I was somewhat disappointed with Graham Cave. Continue reading

Dating Monumental Architecture In Polynesia

PhysOrg.Com mentions a research article in PNAS that looks at new dates for 22 temples on the island of Mo’orea. Continue reading

Teh Rawk Returns!

Remembr dis and dis? Well, teh Rawk saga continuez! In dis episode basement kittehs ebil minions suffr defeat an has 2 giv teh Rawk back to Kentucky! Continue reading

First There Was The Bible Code, Now There Is Plato’s Code

I’m not sure what to make of this especially because it is the first I have heard about a code in Plato’s work.
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The Donner Party and Cannibalism: The Research Continues

I haven’t forgot about Australopithecus sediba – I just got carried away on the osteology and am rewriting the post. In the meantime I wanted to mention some research on a subject that I have written about previously namely, cannibalism and the Donner Party.
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Illinois Archaeology Video

This video from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is pretty cool! Here is the description:

This short, narrated video shows the discovery and investigation of a one-thousand-year-old Native American village in what is now East St. Louis, Illinois. The video graphically demonstrates why archaeological investigations are performed and what we can learn from these investigations into America’s past.

78th Street Archeological Site, Native American occupations located at the foundation of the Katie Harper Wright Elementary School features an Illinois archaeology project at the construction site of a new elementary school in East St. Louis. The video explains the importance of archeology in easy to understand language that is accessible to school children and adults alike. 3-D interpretive renderings help visualize Native American life up to 1,000 years ago.

The 78th Street archaeology site includes Mississippian (1000 – 1150 A.D) and Oneota (1300 – 1400 A.D.) occupations, with the Oneota artifacts and evidence representing one of the largest such sites discovered to date in this archaeological rich area of the country. The site was first identified in 1989 during a required State of Illinois review process as part of a planned residential development.

The archaeological investigation was conducted by Prairie Archaeology & Research, Ltd. of Springfield, Illinois in 2005, the firm that also produced the video.