Archive for June 2007
Makes me happy as the “chocolate pot” I bought in their donation bric-a-brac shop and a cloth take-out bag when before “SUV” we rented from the Canada leaser to geological survey some of their 4-wheel drive vehicles for an archaeological survey along the St. Lawrence Seaway, nearby. Some of the “eminent domain” properties for the Seaway construction (a federal agency now headquartered in the Union Hotel in Sacketts Harbor part of a New York State Urban Cultural Park, in the news recently for a part of an 1812 fort found, probably in the big “retirement community reuse” of historical property. Much of it, “birthplace of the US Navy” (nearby Watertown, and Fort Drum, NY, and in it Dr. Guthrie’s ether, Zebulon Pike’s “grave” noted history) was once placed (federally, mostly fallen down wooden structures) on the lake ice in winter and lays offshore on the bottom of Lake Ontario. On a small crew with “Archaeology” magazine editor Angela Schuster, we discovered an unmarked coffin near the surface of the “Parade Ground” when another company had noted scattered human remains in some of their shovel tests for the reuse of the Madison Barracks, where among others, the future president of the U.S. Ulysses S. Grant served first, fresh out of West Point Military Academy.
When I was there the Rideau Canal stepped locks were dry and being restored. I heard you can ice skate around Ottawa partly because of it. I had to sign and purchase a bond, that the Canadian vehicles were not being used to take jobs away from Americans. Joke from Sacketts Harbor: “What did one bone say to the other bone?” “Let’s get up and get some dinner across the river.” Once the largest encampment in the US (30-45,000?) The New York units refused to invade Canada.
DDT was used by the US Army in Italy during WWII to douse children and others to kill body lice. Has there ever been a followup study of those citizens (i.e., it might explain why the “yellowcake” “document” came from there)? Some of the first studies of its harmful effects, the thinning of bird eggshells, causing whole “clutches” to shatter before they could hatch, was on the former “armed to the teeth” Great Gull Island just off the federal animal disease control center, Plum Island (in the midst of 40 million people its sometimes argued, Rome, NY would be a better location) where it’s said we fought one of the first battles with the British military in the revolution. Great Gull is now owned by the Museum of Natural History I thought I read. Little Gull Island has the lighthouse. Ospreys out there have made a slow recovery with the removal of DDT from agricultural practices I thought I read or heard from the former heir to Gardiners Island, his great-aunt and first lady, Julia Gardiner Tyler, Robert Gardiner once candidate and anti-DDT at the levels it was once used. Former President Tyler was in charge of Richmond, VA during the civil war. She’s sometimes described as instrumental in getting Texas into the Union and the “prettiest” of First Ladies. Reply#1 – Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:50 PM EDT
Comment on NY Times “The Lede: “Notes on the News”
1. Both have “brands”? Bush on his tush (said from a heated coat hanger) and Disney from the time he was AWOL and kept in Fort Williams on Governors Island for missing the “Steamboat Willie” (Mickey Mouse captain)?
2. Both feature Sinfonians? (music fraternity members, a former 3 Cabinet post holder, 4 today, George B. (M.) Cortelyou, once a shorthand teacher in NYC who also was once Chairman of the Republican Party and early CEO of ConEd)
3. Both connected by the bones of “Mayflower” Puritan Isaac Allerton, of New Haven and powerful NYC merchant with a East River warehouse just outside the “Water Gate” in the “Wall” that became Wall Street (“foot of” once a slave market). Allerton’s bones have been moved to the cemetery Yale University maintains. The Mayflower Madam made Disney come to New York, maybe Bush’s father build Shea Stadium!
4. Either or neither nor are they run by women! Even Ralph Nader had an award from Yale Law but not my State Senator, Hillary Clinton.
5. Both cite “extended kinship” as truth also shown among the Apache by Morris Opler in his doctoral research at the U. of Chicago. He later went on to have three of his four briefs heard before the US Supreme Court for the rights of those Americans interned in the camps of World War II. None of those mentioned however have to my knowledge had a case heard a null connection.
Another Deck of Cards for U.S. Troops in Iraq The Army heli commander character in “Apocalypse Now” played by Robert Selden Duvall used cards as markers on bodies in Vietnam. Looking at them in a pdf file (was in “Navy Times”) each suit is also a larger picture when you arrange them. One or two have pictures from Fort Drum, NY where I once was part of the archaeology survey in 1983 when it was announced the Army’s 10th Mountain Division was leaving Camp Hale for a new cantonment at Fort Drum, formerly used for winter training and National Guard service (Ed. – then (?) stationary tank fire into double fenced “impact zones” and A-10 Thunderbolt range practice, EOD disposal, etc., WWI to present). The company I worked for that was a part of Ebasco, with then five (?) floors in an upper tower of the WTC (Ed. – South Tower “Ebasco would occupy floors 79 through 96” – Dear Twin Towers), a Texas based power plant construction company.
Edward Albee Streaming Video: American playwright spontaneously creates characters to promote the arts in all forms, on the east end of Long Island. One interesting sculpture there “Play It By Trust” by Yoko Ono (1999) is there. I’ve seen some of her other work online in Spain and in Japan where she was once a student during World War II. Long House Reserve
The Lesser-Known Islands of New York June 22, 2007 NY Times
My grandma, Ms. Gregory was a nanny for the caretaker on one of them, “Bedloe’s Nanny” I heard her called. I was on Governors Island to do geoarchaeology around the National Parks Service part. It was almost empty, the Coast Guard groundskeeper said that it’s said some of the South’s ordnance is buried in the other part, and once Walt Disney was AWOL when he missed the ferry there in WWI. A former “Swivel” captain, the ferry there once so-named told me the plans for D-Day were kept in a safe there in the mansion, meeting him and his wolfhound by Miller Field, Staten Island, on another “archeology” survey (federal spelling). We dug into the moat of Fort Jay, built by Columbia University students in appreciation of the “Jay Treaty” and first SCOTUS Chief Justice, his place could use some work too.
One island missing from the photo contest was blown up for the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Bridge and I read it once held prisoner the son of General Robert E. Lee in the Civil War, or was that Fort Williams where Disney was on Governors? One of the islands, Brother, is where the Civil War National Guard unit based in the Bowery near Germania Hall, (where Kate Mullaney, sitting next to Susan B. Anthony, was the first woman elected to union management) was mustered out after the Draft Riots, its officer in “courts martial”, and after they were called out in defense of Washington, D.C., having marched there. National Guard once meant that not “state militia”.
Posted to histarch today:
Perhaps shot from horseback? I say that as I have had classes with Edward Lanning (“Peru before the Incas” and co-author of “Pre-Hispanic America”) and worked for Joel W. Grossman whose Ph.D. was in prehistoric Peru and worked for UNESCO there until an assistant was blown up at a podium, perhaps by “Shining Path” he’s related. Incidentally the forensic college cited, Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, has been involved in major public cases, the O.J. Simpson trial, the Phil Specter trial, etc.
I once worked with close-range photogrammetric developers from Canada, Prometric Technologies, which tried to demonstrate to the US FBI (and similar agency in Canada) the benefits of the technique back in the early 1990s, where we used it for plans and profiles on a couple of sites, particularly of historically unknown contamination and I photographed a number of profiles and plans of archaeological excavations in the West Point Foundry, Cold Spring, NY that way and rectified and produced 3D data some of it plotted from that then developing system. It can have many uses in archaeology and preservation then currently in use in England for automobile accident investigations.
In the interest in developing standards for this type of recording shown in the NY Times, I have found that at least in the Bowdoin Park Dutch Reformed burials back in the 1980s (in former JP Morgan summer-place, as the federal supplied sewer money ran out) and the so-called “First Almshouse” burials in 1999 in New York City’s City Hall Park, the oldest city hall still in use as one in America, on the former green, to be lacking. One with grids made from window screens taken from a step ladder and other basically just hand sketched in, to me, troubling procedures after working in more dimensions, the 2D digitizing from photo interest “points” becoming 3D data for further use. For example the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City may be measured after a time of photos to see if any of the stone blocks have moved, or because of the extreme accuracy that can result, the pipes in a nuclear power plant.
George Myers (not the known opinion of any of the others mentioned)
NY Times: “Earliest Gunshot Victim in New World is Reported”
Thanks for the clue. The Washington Post is much clearer and has a photo essay which shows the contrast in the mortuary practices between the two and the archaeological evidence only mis-reported it seems in the NY Times I was off about.
There’s also a report of troops getting archaeological playing cards in Iraq to help them recognize archaeological sites, imploring them to drive around them rather than over them. I still have a picture in my mind of the small palisade site that is “Pine Camp #1” archaeological site at Fort Drum with the wooden snow fence around it except where the tank tracks had pulled up and stopped just over the fence. It’s been part of the research on the “St. Lawrence Iroquois” thought one of the earlier groups of their legacy in the “A2A” area (Algonquin to Adirondack) known for its interesting agricultural settlement patterns and wildlife and according to some legend, site of the early “state formation” of the League of the Iroquois. Even early stone canal structures according to Parks Canada.
Apologies for reposting, what I meant to post was stopped as Google engineers repaired the email account at gmail they said.
Thanks for the clue. The Washington Post is much clearer and has a photo essay which shows the contrast in the mortuary practices between the two in situ. The archaeological evidence appears to be mis-reported in the NY Times.
There’s also a report of troops getting archaeological playing cards in Iraq to help them recognize archaeological sites, imploring them to drive around them rather than over them.
I still have a picture in my mind, from survey, of the small palisaded village site that is “Pine Camp #1” archaeological site at Fort Drum with the wooden snow fence around it except where the tank tracks had pulled up and stopped just over the fence. It’s been part of the research on the “St. Lawrence Iroquois” thought one of the earlier groups of their legacy in the “A2A” area (Algonquin to Adirondack) known for its interesting maize based agricultural settlement (wild rice?) patterns and wildlife, and according to some recorded legend, site of the early “state formation” of the League of the Iroquois noted by Benjamin Franklin, as to perhaps be emulated in “America”. There’s even some early stone canal structures according to Parks Canada that have been difficult to date in the St. Lawrence Seaway opened by President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth near Fort Drum, NY. And a secret “Skull and Bones” compound in the Thousand Islands nearby in the news again over the alleged theft of Geronimo’s bones by the Yale University “fraternity” while President Bush’s grandfather was there.