April 29, 2012

Blogging update

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 4:00 pm

Back to the field tomorrow (Monday) so posting may be a bit sporadic. Same place and work so I will try to post more this time, especially more field photos.

Bodies, bodies everywhere

Filed under: Forensic archaeology — acagle @ 3:53 pm

Jurors hear from forensic archaeologist

This was no big shovel dig with everyone digging as deep and as fast as they could. Rather it was slow and painstaking, removing the soil from one area at a time, inch by inch.

About 18 inches down, something metal was located, and they slowly removed the dirt along the extension of it. It turned out to be an expandable metal cane with a curved handle.

Bailey was using a cane at times before his death because he had twisted his ankle.

Pretty gruesome, but necessary work.

Cooler stuff in town

Filed under: Rome — acagle @ 3:34 pm

Archaeological dig at Upton could find remains of a Roman suburb

ARCHAEOLOGISTS hope to uncover up to 1,000 years of Northampton’s history when they investigate a building site on the west of the town.

A dig on the latest phase of the Upton development is planned to take place next month.

Early examinations of the nine- acre site have suggested there could be both Iron Age and Roman finds beneath the ground.

Steve Parry, from Northamptonshire Archaeology, said: “The exciting thing about this project is that it gives us the opportunity to look at quite an extensive area.

A mammoth find

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 3:32 pm

A mammoth discovery: Scientist: Prehistoric remains discovered in Craig

Dr. Jan J. Roth, of the Sundance Research Institute, said he’s about to embark on a project that has renewed his passion for archaeology and paleontology — the discovery of what he believes are the remains of a Columbian Mammoth inside city limits.

He announced the discovery during a Craig City Council meeting earlier this month.

“I haven’t been this excited for a long, long time,” Roth told council members. “It’s a very unique opportunity for the City of Craig to have a mammoth site.”

Lots of mammoth around, but this is kind of neat because it’s right in town.

April 28, 2012

When being dingy helps

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 6:58 pm

So anyway, I leg-pressed 568 pounds today.

I’d been planning on doing something special for my 50th birthday next Friday, and originally had planned to squat 300lbs. as I’d done on my 30th and 40th. Sadly, some months ago Mr. Lower Back decided that wasn’t gonna happen, so I switched my plan to pressing 500 instead (or maybe 600, I couldn’t really decide). Trouble was, last week I was in the field, and next week I am in the field so training was an issue and I might not even be around on Friday anyway. So today I went to the gym and decided to go ahead and just go for it a week early, loaded up 10 45-pound plates and figured the carriage was probably 45 pounds and there you go. I did two sets of 5 each, though only a few of those were really adequate, form-wise. But hey, I did it!

Then I asked Jed — a buddy of mine there — what he thought the carriage actually weighed and he thought 45 too, but the real weight was probably on a tag somewhere on the machine. Well. Turns out it was 118 pounds, so not only had I done a lot more than I thought. . . . .I’d actually done 500 weeks before!

April 27, 2012

Modern artifacts

Filed under: Modern artifacts — acagle @ 7:06 pm

Yes!
Desert Fox

Snagged it at an estate sale today for. . . .$1! Mint condition, too, although the dust jacket is in moderately bad shape — some water damage, I think. Admittedly, not being a girl, I wasn’t that much of a Wham! fan back in the day, but I always thought they made some of the best pop tunes of the early ’80s. They were another one of those groups — Abba and the Doobie Brothers also — that amazed me at their ability to write catchy tune after catchy tune. So this is the first time I’ve actually heard the whole album rather than just the hits. Some nice songs on it are really quite nicely done in more of a jazzy feel, such as “Like a Baby”. Not sure I like the recording all that much, seems a bit bass heavy and muddy at that. Still, I’m quite enjoying it and really getting a nice ’80s thang going on here tonight.

Hmmmmm. . . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 6:58 pm

Archeologists Find Dinosaur Bone

The archeological team digging for artifacts at Pig Point near the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary announced Thursday that they’ve found a dinosaur bone and a dog burial site, according to The Capital.

The two new findings are just the latest of interesting discoveries to come from the dig. In June 2011, Patch reported the archeologists discovered artifacts that indicated humans occupied the region as far back as 10,000 years ago.

Odd that. I was ready to pounce for calling paleontologists archaeologists, but now I’m not sure.

Bodies, bodies everywhere

Filed under: Battlefield archaeology, Forensic archaeology, Historic — acagle @ 6:56 pm

Mass Grave Begins Revealing Soldiers’ Secrets

The morning of November 16, 1632 was foggy, so the mass killing could only begin after some delay. It wasn’t until midday that the mist cleared, finally allowing the Protestant army of Sweden’s King Gustav II Adolf to attack the Roman Catholic Habsburg imperial army led by Albrecht von Wallenstein. The slaughter lasted for hours in the field at the Saxon town of Lützen.

“In this battle the only rule that applied was, ‘him or me,’” says Maik Reichel. “It was better to stab your opponent one extra time just to ensure there was no chance of him standing up again.” The historian und former German parliamentarian for the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) is standing at the edge of a field on the outskirts of Lützen. After the battles here, the ground was soaked with blood. “About 20,000 men fought on each side and between 6,000 and 9,000 were killed,” estimates Reichel, who heads the museum in the city castle.

There’s not actually much information there on the results — which are still in the early stages — so in that sense it’s limited, but still worth reading for what actually happened.

We do that

Filed under: Historic — acagle @ 6:52 pm

Archaeologists Make Exciting Discovery Near Monticello

Monticello archaeologists have discovered two previously unknown archaeological sites that contain nineteenth century artifacts, including remains of slave homes—some from Jefferson’s time.

The sites were discovered in April at Tufton, historically significant as one of Thomas Jefferson’s four quarter farms located about a mile and a quarter east of Monticello.

A preliminary assessment of the artifacts indicates the earlier of the two sites was occupied in the first few decades of the nineteenth century, most likely by enslaved field laborers who worked on the Tufton farm.

Kind of amazing they’re still finding stuff around there. TJ would be proud.

What I’m doing right now. . . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 10:05 am

Creating a database with Filemaker, a demo copy. I am now in possession of an iPad and am going to migrate the whole cemetery database over to that. Well, I hope anyway. I’m experimenting and if it works out I shall continue ye olde Calvary Cemetery survey on the iPad and finally retire the 10-year old Palm device I’ve been using. Or perhaps my iPod, depends; the iPad might end up being too heavy to carry around and enter data with for several hours. I plan on taking some days off when the weather gets nice and just finish that stupid project.

Hence, I may end up bugging y’all for Filemaker help. . . .

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