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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.”

New Hampshire Emancipates 18th-Century Slaves

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New Hampshire Emancipates 18th-Century Slaves. A part of Portsmouth’s new African Burial Ground ceremony.

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06/07/2013 at 3:03 pm

Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

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Scientists search for the explosive source of a disaster that wiped out almost a third of Londoners in 1258

theguardian | The Observer

A more recent one caused the “18 hundred and froze to death” 1816 in the northeast US and I’ve read Northern Europe. “Mechanics” those then employed in shipbuilding in Setauket, NY (about 100?) had to wear their winter coats in July. Crops didn’t grow in “the year without summer” from the atmospheric dust from the volcano explosion in Indonesia, then too. I think “middlemen” ports like Baltimore, MD profited by shipping needed comestibles north. Not sure if however, there was such a large effect on the population as this dramatic archaeology research shows. US populations were quite lower. On Long Island, where it’s reported 10,000 cords of wood were cut for the War 1812, it might have had effect, a primary source of heat then, coal wouldn’t show up until 1840 or so, though early expeditions were organized as far back as the days of Oliver Cromwell in Huntington, NY to look for coal to fire brick.

Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

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08/05/2012 at 9:10 am

Yesterday informs today…

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Yesterday was "Archaeology Day" in the USA and Canada. It might point to a history such between us though coincidentally we were at war next year 200 years ago (cue up "1812 Overture") and the single defeat in a War of the US, probably due to our lack of supply lines, or the superior ones in then "Lower Canada" i.e. the Rideau Canal, the historical society of which I once bought a rose decorated chocolate pot while on archaeology survey of New York’s northern border through which flows mutual commerce upon our cooperative construction, the modern St. Lawrence Seaway, allowing ocean-going ships access to ports on the Great Lakes constructed in the late 1950s. One thing we agreed to I imagine is not allow the wars of Europe be fought out here in North America ever again. With that in mind and the recent Rupert Murdock "hacking" scandal I thought I might introduce a short piece of Sir Thomas Urquhart (1611 – c. 1660) prose for those reading this blog for some indication of intelligent matter left in my brain:

Sir Thomas on Scottish bankers

There hath been in London . . . for these many years together, a knot of Scottish bankers, collybists, or coin-coursers, of traffickers in merchandise to and again, and of men of other professions, who by hook and crook, fas et nefas, slight and might, all being as fish their net could catch, having feathered their nests to some purpose, look so idolatrously upon their Dagon of wealth, and so closely, like the earth’s dull centre, hug all unto themselves, that for no respect of virtue, honour, kindred, patriotism, or whatever else, be it never so recommendable, will they depart from so much as a single penny; . . . which churlish and tenacious humour hath made many . . . imagine their compatriots infected with the same leprosy of a wretched peevishness, whereof those quodomodocunquizing cluster fists and rapacious varlets have given of late such . . . proofs.

Extracts from the writings of Sir Thomas Urquhart

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10/23/2011 at 12:00 am

Wolfeboro, NH dockside July, 2011

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Tried adding two photos together with Fusion 2.0 (freeware on majorgeeks.com) and the result looks better than the original. Program does HDR also. President George H. W. Bush once stopped here to disembark from the M.S. Mount Washington when he was Vice President under then President Ronald Reagan, who was going in for surgery on a health issue. He left in a Cadillac after asking for a moment of silence from the upper deck of the largest ship on the largest NH lake, Winnipesaukee (“Smile of the Great Spirit”) “discovered” by the Pilgrims at todays Weirs Beach.

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07/30/2011 at 11:01 am

Meet the Bachmanns’ “Ex-Lesbian” Friend – Slate

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I just came back from there, near Norristown, PA. It’s next to Willow Grove where VP Biden’s wife is from. The NAVY has left the joint reserve services there and I was part of an archaeology survey for cultural resources required before it’s turned over in part of all (8000 ft. runway) to the local governmen. I could see how growing up there as a person of color might have been a problem, a religious area, or so it appears by the various religious orgaizations as “business” signs along the various highways, something can’t say I’ve see that much elsewhere. Very suburban about 20 miles from Philadelphia, it’s also becoming very large scale business centered. “Vertical Screen” 24/7 “background” checking “green” world headquarters opened on the “brownfield” site of former Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) there in Warminster, PA.

Meet the Bachmanns’ “Ex-Lesbian” Friend

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07/22/2011 at 8:29 am

Neglected and rusting deep below Grand Central station, the armoured train that helped heroic Roosevelt keep his polio secret – UK’s Mail Online

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My aunt’s husband was a clerk (or "clark" as you say) in FDR’s law office before all the politics. I had an uncle with polio who worked in the Hall of Records (today’s beaux-arts Surrogate Court on Chambers St.) with my grandfather, a real estate reporter, who sometimes kept his family of eleven children going knowing where the new coal contracts might be. My uncle in a wheelchair unfortunately perished there in an elevator (or "lift" as you say) accident during WWII, his five other brothers served in it. Was told FDR was instrumental in getting the famous lawyer for the handicapped, Basil O’Connor, on his behalf and awarded $5000, a lot of money in those days for his death.

The other-side of my family come from Grand Manan Island not far from Campobello, where its thought FDR contracted polio. Well I thought I’d report, as reported the other day, it was to a Boy Scout camp at Hessian Lake, in today’s Bear Mountain State Park, nearby NYC that he was sick from, no worries.

Excellent coverage and photos here.

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02/19/2011 at 3:56 pm

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