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The strange case of the missing NYC landmark…

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The strange case of the missing NYC landmark…
Posted by George J. Myers, Jr. on March 19, 2009 at 10:00am
At io9 there is an interesting posting: “Digging Deep: 24 Science Fiction Archaeologists”
I commented:
“The excavation on the Moon in Kubrick’s and Clarke’s “2001 A Space Odyssey” was archaeological I thought, though I don’t recall who was in charge. From the original short story and idea I think “The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke. Conforms to the idea of archaeology unleashing some unknown force as stated here, like in “The Exorcist” by excavating something unknown, like a “devil pipe” on a site I worked on that had a ship buried in it in lower Manhattan years ago.”

I stated at Facebook when asked for the name of the ship buried in Manhattan referred to above in one of the last parking lots, the “Ronson” ship. We found it, I and an African American and a backhoe operator, West Point MP during WWII in the last test of three permitted, they were intent on excavating in the backyards there the archaeologists. They represented a British consortium that became National Westminster Bank. It was a “trailer truck” of the 18th century thought built before 1740 about 80′ by 25′, which we know little about, the warships however much ado about everything. They gave us from Dec to March to empty it out and document parts of it and the bow was taken out and conserved at Newport News Mariners Museum, VA the “apple-cheek” type it was called. Ship worms (teredo) of the N. Atlantic and Caribbean in it IDed by a biologist. Some frags of a woman’s jaw too were found I was told but not publicly described. It was a hulk used to create landfill along the former shore.”
And:
“One of the archaeologists thought it was the derelict stated in the city council meeting minutes as a nuisance though a location was not given. Very early in New Amsterdam there’s also cited an “old shipwreck” nearby Philippe du Trieux whose property became the Isaac Allerton Warehouse, outside the Wall for the English doing business there. Isaac Allerton is reburied in New Haven in the cemetery Yale University maintains. He’s also named in Allerton Ave. in the Bronx a large street, the exit between the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens on the oldest motor parkway in the US the Bronx River Parkway. He kept a home in New Haven had business in Maine and “abandoned” the Pilgrims, he a Puritan, apparently a partial construction’s archaeology discovered discussed “In Small Things Forgotten” by J. Deetz. Once upon a time a monument erected by the Mayflower Society was up in the Seaport, across the street from where Alfred E. Smith grew up, first Catholic to run for President, I reported.”

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On “A genetic history of leprosy”

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Is there anything therefore to the fact that the North American armadillo can be the only known other carrier of leprosy (Hansen’s disease)? There was recent early evidence thought in an early tomb in Israel from 2000 years ago. It’s thought as many as 40 million armadillos were around back then. Could it be the original trans-species disease?  Scientific American: The Scicurious Brain

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06/14/2013 at 2:47 pm

Roman concrete

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Stony Brook University did a long-term study of the use of concrete, a catalyst and coal ash which did not affect the soil it was in. Proposed was sea walls and other mediating structures. I read a woman in a private company had invented a mixing machine that incorporated small pieces of metal, based on stress and need, in the concrete as it was transported to the forms. The shapes were researched and appeared shaped like carabiners, different size and diameters, allowed concrete in new forms, now stronger than with rebar. Perhaps a stronger “slurry wall” would also be built, and the interface at bedrock, more secure than the flat-ends of a rebar cage. Law requires rebar to be cleaned, labor intensive, when reused for example in a bridge. There was a multiple machine that uses high pressure water to break, remove old concrete and clean the rebar using water pressure. Faster than by hand, the concrete is poured as part of this “train”, which however is very loud.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-06-roman-seawater-concrete-secret-carbon.html#jCp

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06/07/2013 at 2:56 pm

Memories Of The ’93 World Trade Center Bombing

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“I recall seeing the smoke from 3rd Ave. and 16th St. We went home from work, my friend was on jury duty and used to work in the upper floors (89-93?) for EBASCO a Texas based power plant design company formerly at 40 Rector St. across the street where we had worked on Trinity, according to a former secretary who remorsefully blogged after 9/11 she had been thankful for her job in the WTC, Mayor Koch had let move, stay rent free for 1.5 years in the threatened move of EBASCO out of town she had lamented after that later tragedy. They had, before 9/11/01 left, and I found moved their Envirosphere division to New Jersey. My friend and I had both worked for that division, on an environmental impact survey to include archeology testing, on the projected move of the US Army 10th Mountain Division from Colorado to Fort Drum, NY back in 1984 or so. I work in the field, only visited, and growing up next to a NY Dormitory Building inspector thought it odd that there appeared to be no emergency lighting in the stairwells back in the 1980s apparently rectified after this attack in 1993. It must have been a nightmare to negotiate those stairs that day.”

Memories Of The ’93 World Trade Center Bombing: ‘Thank God The Elevator Never Arrived’

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02/27/2013 at 11:03 am

WNYC News Deadly Topography: The Staten Island Neighborhood Where 11 Died During Sandy

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I worked in October 2003 on an archeology survey for the Army Corps of Engineers, by Panamerican Consultants, Inc., (their Buffalo, NY office) done by law, to precede the building of storm wall placements and flood buffer areas along the shore. We shovel-tested from "South Beach" south to "Oakwood Beach" and the sewerage treatment plant there next to "Great Kills Park". Other areas, around Floyd Bennett Field and Gateway National Park were called off. I was surprised by the flooding tragedies that took place where I had once worked thinking, perhaps, the rest of the process had been accomplished. The Army Corps’ NE headquarters are nearby at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, the "Parade Field" there I’ve also shovel-tested. Who or what stopped it, I wonder? Perhaps WNYC could inquire. Link to WNYC article.

Deadly Topography: The Staten Island Neighborhood Where 11 Died During Sandy – WNYC

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02/25/2013 at 7:34 pm

Captain Kirk to Major Tom

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Nice interview. I worked in HAZMAT in the early 1990s and was shown that when people wore the then highest protection, Level A, there was no way to communicate by radio, and one relied on gestures. A company came up with a radio which they stated could communicate with the ISS from a helicopter, for use in HAZMAT. Of course I wonder if that actually happened, but I could sleep a little better, having been in HAZMAT suit in 90+ weather on a tennis court at the old Bellevue Nursing School and the Elmsford Fire Center a number of times. All in the name of Federal archeology.

William Shatner’s post

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02/13/2013 at 9:08 am

Errors and omission, red ink and rewrites

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FW: Archaeology reports: errors and omissions‏

From: Amanda Sutphin (ASutphin@lpc.nyc.gov) You moved this message to its current location.
Sent: Wed 4/13/11 3:09 PM
To: georgejmyersjr@hotmail.com
Cc: Emily Rich (erich@lpc.nyc.gov)

Thank you for your interest and comments.  We are now making a practice of putting all archaeological reports on-line and hope many people will now be able to review them.

Sincerely,

Amanda Sutphin, RPA
Director of Archaeology
New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
Municipal Building, 9th Fl
1 Centre St
New York, NY 10007
(212) 669-7823

From: George Myers [mailto:georgejmyersjr@hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:07 PM
To: Public InfoCc: Nancy.Stehling@aecom.com
Subject:Archaeology reports: errors and omissions

I am very glad to see the information presented online. It was one of the purposes I thought of the archaeology as stated in the aims of the first archaeology Sherene Baugher, PhD, i.e., to put the reports in all the public libraries in New York City. Unfortunately the reasons many gave against it I find some similarity with:

In ”ARCHAEOLOGICAL MONITORING AT THE OLD WEST FARMS SOLDIER CEMETERY, THE BRONX, NEW YORK” (LPC online as 1038.pdf)

It erroneously states my surname “Myers” as “Meyers” and that I have an M.A. I have a B.A. It also erroneously states therefore I was a “Project Archaeologist”. It also erroneously reports Nancy A. Stehling as having an “M.A.” She has a “M.S.” in Public Archaeology from RPI and is on the RPA. I’ve seen trouble before from people having M.A. added to their names, and though I was a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University years ago, now with a campus also in Manhattan, I gave that up to find more practical experience in NYC, not completing my essays for an M.A. though passing comprehensive exams.

Note: It was during the fieldwork for the new fence erected around two sides of this cemetery, with soldiers of 4 wars, 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American, WWI, along with others interred that noticed dead crows were called into a number provided by WNBC News for West Nile tracking in 1999. Those ravens nevermore. Today near the new Vidalia Park and once along the Bronx River a small block south of the Bronx Zoo. – 10/12/2012

I might also add that another report Ms. Stehling and I were the primary researchers and I a major writer of was the:

(LPC online as 501.pdf)

and there is no credit given at all. We were never provided the almost final or final copy and if you look at it it could have at minimum used a better proofing:

“Later it became Governor Peter Stuyvesant’s farm or bouwerie, where the street derived its name. He is buried near his farm in the Street Marks Church-in-the-Bowery at 10th Street and 2nd Avenue, the oldest continuing house of worship in the City.” p.6

There are other similar glaring errors we might have corrected though Parsons from Virginia. There is also problems with the bibliography, a book entry in the list of maps. I’m still not convinced the editor had our interest in mind, the primary research as to some of the specifics history of landmark evaluation left out, but seen in the bibliography i.e., General Von Steuben and the first National Guard; Kate Mullaney the first woman, sitting next to Susan B. Anthony in Germania Hall, voted to union management. She organized the detachable “white collar” cleaner workers in Troy, NY. Her house is on the US National Register of Historic Places today. Perhaps one or two signs or plaques would’ve been considered for where feminist Kate Millet also lived before the development.

Anyway those two I’ve had a chance to look over, and congratulate the LPC for putting these reports online.

George J. Myers, Jr.

Searchable database of reports online:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/forms/archaeology_reports.shtml

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10/11/2012 at 4:20 pm

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