This is about rock piles and stone mound sites in New England. A balance is needed between keeping them secret and making them public. Also arrowheads, stone tools and other surface archaeology.
So who got the bones dated?
No One: The article is also incorrect, the bones were sent out to be tested, the charcoal from the site was carbon tested and the dates were set between 490-700 BP, thus, the story stays alive. The truth be known, ths story has caused myself and the conservation commission a great deal of trouble.Dr. Meli.
What is the association between the charcoal and the bones? Was the charcoal from a ritual feature associated with the burial? Or, was this a cremation burial? Or, something else ...Second question - the 490-700 BP date range, is this calibrated or uncalibrated?James Gagewww.StoneStructures.org
Another question is: with the site where the charcoal and bones were collected so disturbed ("over 10 meteres"), how do we know all of the carbon samples came from under one rock pile?
How does one explain the preservation of the bones? Usually the soils in New England are so acidic that bones are not preserved -- unless the soils in N. Smithfield are more basic, meaning that carbonates are present thus neutralizing the acidity.Norman
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