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Onion bottle seals…

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The only one I recall, and out of context, I found in a garden behind (north side) of the William Floyd Manor house, in Old Mastic, NY. It was stamped “William Lloyd”. William Floyd was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and an American General in Upstate New York where he is also interred. William Lloyd was a north shore Tory involved in some hostage negotiation and Stony Brook University has done some excavation there as I recall. The bottle seal was found and turned in by myself to Dana Linck, then of the Denver Service Center, US National Parks Service, now of “The Great Chain”. They were conducting the clearance excavations on the property prior to its opening to the public, mostly for safety concerns, recently then acquired or donated by his heirs I believe, whom I once met before, when the Suffolk County Archaeology Association asked me to construct some wooden screen grids to map the basement floor.

Prior to its becoming a part of the now Fire Island National Seashore a federal wilderness designation the first and only as of this date, in New York State, the county archaeologists were interested as the hearings progressed at the high school named after William Floyd nearby. An American Revolution story reports that the British Army cut all his trees down and boarded horses in his house. I am not sure if the “William Lloyd” seal in error or perhaps from them or him brought to the site. A wonderful surface find for me, a conundrum of problems for historians. I was fortunate to have worked there and at other Denver Service Center jobs.

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09/14/2012 at 10:35 pm

The Alabama Escapes

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The clandestine construction led to Great Britain paying ~ $20 million in Switzerland, I read, perhaps one of the first international reparations there. They had also built a class of ‘Scorpion’ ships for the Confederacy, stopped, led to the modern British battleship. I was told while we were excavating the ‘Parrott platform’ in Cold Spring, NY (used in the ‘Swamp Angel’) then President Lincoln might have threatened GB with a 20 or so vessel fleet of Alligator submarines, the first recently sought by the NOAA, lost off North Carolina in a stormy tow. Not too far-fetched given it was ordered up the Appomattox River, stopped by very low water, perhaps in a regional drought? Admiral Cornwallis was once ordered by King George to sail up the Bronx River to beat the rebels in White Plains. A fleet of canoes I think was never built. Maybe it was dry then too?     NY Times Opinionator

Why You Should Read This Book – Economist – Marilyn Monroe?

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At “Dangerous Minds” awhile ago, is a link in China to the film version with Milo O’Shea as Leopold Bloom, Ulysses (1967). In one scene, he has a dream, and as Mayor of Dublin, gives the “Vulcan salute” (from the Hebrew ceremony also used by “Spock” Leonard Nimoy in the Star Trek franchise, to say LLAP “Live long and prosper”). It helped re-explain the novel, having seen a number of stage productions (2) of “Ulysses in Night Town” after attempting a too young an age to read it. “Portrait of an artist, as an Old Man” (“Catch-22” author Joseph Heller’s last novel) and various other combinations of that James Joyce work, beg to differ with a selective criticism of the novel mistakenly published as of the work of Matisse about Homer (New York, 1935). Economist

NY Times: Opinionator: Why Shiloh Matters

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My grand-dad Lawrence Urquhart served on the S.S. Beauregard which I recall was on the Lend-Lease "Murmansk run" convoy to aid Russia when his brother, as captain of the S.S. City of Atlanta, was lost with 40+ crew and passengers on the way from NYC to Savannah, Georgia, sunk by U-123 in "Operation Drumbeat". I once, working on the archeology of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Barge Canal, had the opportunity to visit nearby Shiloh from MS. I have also worked in the Cold Spring, NY periphery of the West Point Foundry and would like to point out that the "cannonballs" atop the rifled R.P. Parrott vertical cannon in the tribute to "Col. Everett Peabody" were never actually part of the cannon. It fired a shell with a brass "sabot" or foot to impart the twist of the barrel "rifling" and contained incendiary, perhaps, as used in the "Swamp Angel" bombardment of Charleston, South Carolina, also noted in poem, one by Herman Melville. Perhaps added later, and not actually used in the battle. I’ve also read that the origin of American "protest folk music" in music history began with this horrendous battle. Comment submitted: “Why Shiloh Matters” – Winston Groom, April 6. 2012

The President and His General – NYTimes.com

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The President and His General – NYTimes.com: Or other relationships. I was told by the Robert Gardiner, descendant of Julia Gardiner, married to former President Tyler, that she had had a vision and rode all night from Tidewater to Richmond to see her husband, in charge of Richmond, before she thought he would die. He was very mad she had, and the following day collapsed on the Hotel steps. Both sides, out of respect for the former First Lady, allowed her grieving entourage to pass back to New York, where her father had been the US Senator, who perished with others when the "Peacemaker" cannon, forged in NYC, exploded on the USS Princeton, passing and fired in salute to Washington’s Mount Vernon above the Potomac River. She is sometimes referred to as the prettiest, married at 19, after meeting widow President Tyler, fortunately below decks, when the large cannon exploded.

Unpublished comment to: Beyond Guantánamo, a Web of Prisons for Terrorism Inmates : NY Times

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Religion protects families. Families are about kinship. Social anthropology studies the different kinship structures that different people have, i.e. "uncle" or "aunt" may mean something different within different societies and may be quite different from culture to culture in comparison. I once attended a CUNY grad lecture on the preference for "cross-cousin marriage" in nomadic peoples of the deserts. There your preferred though not necessarily ones mate, would be "a child of one’s mother’s brother or father’s sister" which the speaker thought was a way of keeping widely separated people together when marriages were proposed. Recent data has shown that "cousin" marriages are also very fertile producing many children. Perhaps religion attempts to provide a "survival of the fittest" society in its proscription and divorce, i.e., three witnesses required for infidelity grounds in Islamic law in the Philippines. These ideas and culture have to be understood further as not a threat to our ways and means to ends.

Beyond Guantánamo, a Web of Prisons for Terrorism Inmates – NYTimes.com

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12/12/2011 at 11:03 am

13 new EU PhD Marie Curie Fellowships: Transatlantic Slave Trade

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Dear colleagues,

Apologies for cross-posting but I would like to inform you of the launch of a new interdisciplinary Marie Curie ITN called EUROTAST. As part of the project, we are currently hiring 13 Early Stage Researchers to work on various projects relating to the history of the transatlantic slave trade. The successful applicants will be recruited from a wide range of disciplines including history, archaeology, social anthropology, genetics and bioinformatics and will be based at 10 partner institutions across Europe. For more information on the individual projects and the application procedure please visit our website at http://www.eurotast.eu or contact us at enquiries@eurotast.eu.

Kind regards,
Hannes Schroeder

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Dr Hannes Schroeder
Centre for GeoGenetics
The Natural History Museum
Øster Voldgade 5-7
DK-1350 Copenhagen

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11/29/2011 at 3:22 pm

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