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Daytonian in Manhattan: The Federal Survivor at No. 37 East 7th. Street

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While at Grossman & Associates, Inc., (16th St. and Third Ave.) we used to get our AutoCAD updates from here. I think we also leased a wide pen plotter from them.


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11/22/2014 at 1:21 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

GPS – ESRI Portal? – Hello Melbourne

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Sorry this is so late. I have checked through ESRI for some of the GIS use in the field I’ve done with AECOM on a temp basis, that is I’m hired usually for the field part of archaeology testing which has required civilian GPS on Federal DoD land that is changing as bases are reevaluated or “closed”. I was just reading the FAA is in charge of disbursement in the civilian GPS and has been holding up some millions as of 2004 they were in charge of it. May change soon. I’ve worked a few places with Trimble units assisting. I have some older training in close-range photogrammetry (then in development by Rollei, pre-Windows, with an AutoCad “partner” Prometric Technologies of Canada, and archaeology firm of Grossman & Associates, Inc.) where we used it on an EPA National Priority Superfund site, “Marathon Battery” in historic Cold Spring, NY as a method of least contact recording. I’ve used early and later infrared transits (total station) and an early user of AutoCad in the 1980s-90s.

Thanks for asking, it helps to remember the past.

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10/03/2012 at 7:31 am

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Antitem: America’s Bloodiest Day

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My favorite memory of Antietam is of the cannon fired and the imagined line of smoking artillery on both sides. Some set fire to the woods to kill the enemy, burning them horrifically. I worked at Fort McHenry “National Shrine”, with a flint-knapper from Maryland. It had had its cannons pointed at the city of Baltimore “to discourage Southern sympathizers” rather than the harbor, Robert E. Lee’s reputed designed steam pile-driver had built the hexagonal Fort Carroll to protect the Baltimore harbor further out, today nearby the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The flint-knapper made “gun-flints” of grey chert from Texas for sale in the National Park, sold as replicas to discourage looting of the battlefield. For a time, Mr. Lee was commandant of West Point Military Academy and lived in a house archeology has tested in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, a street there named so. There’s a story that his son was a hostage in nearby Fort Lafayette, now an underwater site, dynamited for the eastern pier of the Verrazzano Bridge. NY Times OpionatorAmerica’s Bloodiest Day” 

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09/21/2012 at 10:00 pm

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology with Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein

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Recent broadcast:

The Veterans Curation Project: Rehabilitation by Archaeology

and other topics with other archaeologists

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11/04/2011 at 1:45 pm

New York State Museum Archaeology Programs Targeted

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I have recently learned that the New York State Education Department and the New York State Museum are effectively gutting their century plus old archaeology program. State Archaeologist; curator of archaeology; and the curator of historic archaeology, were all served layoff notices effective in three weeks unless their union negotiates a contract settlement. I have heard that NY State Museum administration was not consulted on the layoff plan nor were they informed until the layoff notices were served.

I am sort of a lurking archaeologist, my BA degree in anthropology as well as doctoral prep, though archaeology providing the wherewithal mostly to pursue higher education and thought to elaborate on some “connections” in the NY State Archaeology program I’ve happened across on which someone else might expand.

In “The NY Times” article “Edmund Carpenter, Restless Scholar, Dies at 88” (July 8, 2011 he an “…archaeologist and anthropologist who, impatient with traditional boundaries between disciplines, did groundbreaking work in anthropological filmmaking and ethnomusicology and, with his friend Marshall McLuhan, laid the foundations of modern media studies, died on July 1 in Southampton, N.Y. He was 88.”

It also refers: “At 13 he met Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca anthropologist and director of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, who invited him to take part in excavations of prehistoric Iroquoian sites.” Arthur C. Parker (Seneca “snow snake” a North Woods winter game) would become one of New York’s important State Archaeologists, whose records we still use to decide the likelihood of prehistoric and historic resources that require additional protection.

I was quite surprised to learn that Mr. Parker’s sister, “Birdie” Parker also a noted anthropologist of native materials and ethnology was married to “Iron Eyes Cody” the actor who played many native roles in the Hollywood films, and left a lasting impression on keeping America clean by shedding a tear on camera as a public service announcement. In many films (i.e. Crazy Horse in the film “Sitting Bull”) I happened to meet him at a Choctaw Pow-wow in 1979 when he was grieving for his wife, who had just passed on.

It seems a shame that New York’s heritage, which is more often than not connected to the world outside New York, would be jeopardized by what many with many millions today, would see as a small sum of funds used for the greater good, its people.

Not necessarily the views of my employers. – posted to histarch

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07/09/2011 at 8:15 pm

Sent to Dick Cavett…

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5/8/2011 12:26:36 PM
It’s been said (O sage bin sammies) history never repeats itself, and when it does it’s a tragedy (attributed to the newspaper writer K. Marx) and I read recently of a similar event that led to tragedy. It’s been shown that Nazi operatives dressed as Polish troops on the Polish frontier and then fired (allegedly) at the Germans on the German side of the border leading to the invasion. It did not help that a very large loan from Great Britain was withdrawn from Poland, to modernize its military, still mostly on horseback. Al Qaeda sometimes reminds us of the sometimes duplicity of commitments, inviting the US and others to venture forth on expeditionary efforts as in the 1930s. Haven’t we learned to work in other ways yet? Apparently not as long as it fuels out military-industrial complex, President Eisenhower warned us about.

File under some off-hand writing, without outline of direction, by one who works in American archaeology, digging holes, in what we might think sacred ground, i.e., burials in City Hall Park, JP Morgan’s summer-place now Bowdoin Park, Jay Gould’s former grounds that became Sisters of Mercy, Fort McHenry, MD, parade ground burial(s) in Sackets Harbor, NY, where President Grant was first assigned after West Point (there too), who served later at Governors Island as a captain, etc., site of the military’s first "flight school" run by Wilbur Wright.

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05/13/2011 at 11:58 am

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