Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Artic scene, opening credits of- "Chloe & Theo"


John Stilgoe, Thorson, Ives and Sherlock Holmes

Something I was thinking about this morning:

“The Art of Looking - It can be taught, but it’s hard for people to accept the fact that there’s a visual way of knowing,” Stilgoe says...


Portable Manitou?

 I rescued this from a sandpit, long ago in Concord.

I think that is a well-defined flake scar.
The material looks like it might have been pecked here below the "arm". 

This stone might have been used for something practical, to produce the uniform polish over the whole object. The only place that it is not shiny is the surface that was exposed when I found it. Any guesses?

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

CT Stone Walls

By Mark Star, via Norman, via Larry Harrop:


Friday, January 14, 2022

About that Neanderthal DNA

[Not rock pile related] I was enjoying watching this and recommend watching some of it:

Tales of Human History Told by Neandertal and Denisovan DNA That Persist in Modern Humans - YouTube

At around 7:25, he more or less proves that Neanderthals were in the New World. 

Thursday, January 13, 2022

I watch B-grade movies, so you don't have to

Watching free movies on TUBI, I dropped into Once Upon a Time in the Apocalypse at random, a few moments before this scene at 32:28. 

I doubt the director invented that line of small rocks pointing towards a rock pile (or is that just an outcrop?) 

It kind of looks like the Sierras.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Ripple Effect

    The Ripples Timothy Ives is creating are spreading, distorting further his own distorted point of view about Ceremonial Stone Landscapes. 

     This morning I find another article in yet another online magazine: 

Stoned In America

 Bruce Gilley  January 12, 2022

Dr. Timothy Ives has written an elegant and scholarly work exposing the academic fraud and political larceny of the "ceremonial stone landscape" movement.”

 "While there are many confluences of academic misconduct and racial anxiety in the contemporary West, few are so fun to read about as the phenomenon of “ceremonial stone landscape” activism in contemporary New England, especially in the gentle hands of Dr. Timothy Ives, principal archaeologist of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission.

He has written an elegant and scholarly work exposing the academic fraud and political larceny of a movement that seeks to have stone piles left behind by early American farmers redesignated as pre-European spiritual temples built by Indians. It is a warning..."


I keep trying to comment:

Ives seems to be unfamiliar with the Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dates that are emerging in the scientific literature for some of these sites, some of which go back thousands of years. The age of the sample from the Site of Hopkinton, Rhode Island is in the range of 1570-1490 C.E (or 490 ± 40 years ago). The ages of the samples from Pratt Hill near Upton, Massachusetts, at a site that was recently desecrated by being scraped off the boulder foundation it was originally built on, are 1475-1375 C.E. (595 ± 50 years) for the top sample and 1315-1835 B.C.E (3,595 ± 260 years) for the bottom sample. These samples were obtained from dust or loess that had blown into the structure and collected in the scooped out hollow of the boulder foundation. https://www.usgs.gov/data/optically-stimulated-luminescence-osl-data-and-ages-selected-native-american-sacred-ceremonial

Monday, January 10, 2022

Friday, January 07, 2022

Stone Tube Pipes of New England

[Not rock pile related]. I found this interesting for several reasons. It has to do with burial practices at some period in the past.

Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Vol. 3, No. 2. January 1942 (bridgew.edu)