May 30, 2012

Oh yeah. . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 6:52 pm

And a very good friend of mine was working across the street from the shooting here today. She didn’t hear any of it, but one of their patients parked right in front of the cafe and was getting in her car when the shooter was walking up. Said he creeped her out so much she locked the car doors and drove away quickly.

I have gone over to the dark side at last

Filed under: Cemeteries — acagle @ 6:46 pm

Well, secondarily I suppose: I bought more software for the Mac, this time Filemaker Pro which makes two major purchases, this and SPSS. Those have traditionally been my heavy hitters, besides yer basic email and office stuff of course. Mostly I got it for my cemetery work, plus I do quite a bit of other things with databases, and now that I have various handhelds, well, more databases! And FM is portable with something called Filemaker Go.

So far, ye olde Calvary database is working pretty well, although I’m still having some difficulties with screen resolution and sizing of text and controls and such. It doesn’t program quite as easily as Access, but. . .well, scratch that, it’s probably easier but not quite as robust and versatile. Here’s a screen shot:
Desert Fox

I still have to try it again in the field, hopefully tomorrow if it’s not raining. I may still have trouble with the ID numbering — I tried making it an auto-increase thing but I’m not sure how it will work yet.

Modern Artifacts/Stylistic memes

Filed under: Modern artifacts — acagle @ 2:12 pm

I refuse to divulge where I got this link to ’80s glamor shots. What’s with the hands? Holding one’s chin, holding one’s lapel, etc. I’m guessing that particular stylistic attribute didn’t make it out of that decade.

Or maybe it did? I haven’t looked at many formal photos recently.

May 29, 2012

Modern Artifacts: Recent acquisitions

Filed under: Modern artifacts — acagle @ 7:37 pm

All vinyl, courtesy of the ArchaeoWife’s teenaged self and the Archaeo. . .err MotherInLaw.

First up:
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Yes, that is indeed another Wham! LP, same one as before albeit in picture disk format. Not sure I’ve ever seen a picture disk in real life or not, but there you have it. Haven’t played it yet, probably never will; I don’t know if it would wear out the image or what, but I have a copy already so no point.

Next up, an oldie:
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HEEEEERRRB! My parents had one of his, the Whipped Cream & Other Delights, and that link goes to another two that I bought. ‘Fraid I don’t listen to them much, the quality isn’t that great.

Desert Fox

And there you have perhaps my first infatuation album: Styx’ The Grand Illusion. I loved that album. Loved it. I even bought two, the normal one and one of those special Original Master Recording “audiophile” copies. Styx was even the first band I saw in concert. Back then it was Styx and Kansas, Kansas and Styx. If you notice, this is a Japanese pressing of an “Audiophile Series” whatever that means, but. . . .still in its original plastic wrap. Never opened! How cool is that!

I am an anachronistic geek

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 3:30 pm

Mainly because I dreamed the other night that I was actually in Homer’s Odyssey. I think I was Odysseus for a time (sadly though, not during his Calypso period) and then Telemachus for some as well. Unfortunately, I took the opportunity to wake up right before the total kickass part of the story when they’re about to start taking out all of Penelope’s “suitors”, and I — as Telemachus — was making a grand and heroic speech to Penelope and the other ladies about how they should leave the doors closed no matter what they hear.

So yes, I think the above title may be somewhat fitting. Finally. Maybe.

May 28, 2012

How to excite an archaeologist

Filed under: Conservation/CRM, Historic — acagle @ 4:02 pm

Archaeologists find the past under our streets

Archaeologist Ryan Rowles got a little excited when he discovered remains of a pre-Civil War gristmill buried under a Washington County bridge destined for replacement.

“There’s no information on excavated gristmills in this part of the state,” said Rowles, a PennDOT archaeologist who documented the site as part of the bridge project. “These were pretty good-sized buildings, two to three stories high.”

Such discoveries, though not routine, are the sort of thing archaeologists are finding under roads and sidewalks across Pennsylvania. They can be important teaching tools, say archaeologists who will discuss finds in July at the 2012 Preservation Combination Conference in Lancaster, sponsored by conservation groups.

Actually, this historical material is probably the best stuff when getting the public more interested and involved because it’s something familiar to them. Like the man quoted in the article who helped tear down the original building; not only can they sometimes provide information — less reliable the farther back you go — but they have a personal connection to it, unlike the prehistoric stuff (Amerindians are, of course, another matter).

Old Jews

Filed under: Biblical archaeology — acagle @ 3:58 pm

In Portugal: Evidence of early Jews in Portugal found

German researchers say the oldest archaeological evidence of a Jewish cultural presence on the Iberian Peninsula has been found at a Portuguese excavation site.

Archaeologists of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena said a 16-by 24-inch inch marble plate that may have been a tomb slab bears a Hebrew inscription and has been dated to A.D. 390.

Frankly, I’ve no idea of the significance.

Breaking news

Filed under: Egypt — acagle @ 3:55 pm

Archaeology: Ancient tomb unearthed in Upper Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered an 4,000-year-old tomb in Upper Egypt containing a sarcophagus inscribed with ancient funeral texts as well as ritual objects, Egypt’s archaeological treasures minister said Monday.

“It is the first time in many years that such a well-preserved tomb has been unearthed, ” said Muhammad Ibrahim.

Very short article, but there’ll probably be more later. Something nice and early for a change.

May 26, 2012

Sites wot I saw then linked

Filed under: Non-archaeology — acagle @ 10:33 am

Things Wot I made Then Ate.

Altaring the past

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 10:24 am

Mexican archaeologists find 2,500-year-old altar

An altar and a stela estimated to date from as early as 800 B.C. were found at the Chalcatzingo archaeological site in the central state of Morelos, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said.

The altar is rectangular and covered with engravings representing rain

A few meters (yards) away from the altar was an unfinished stela standing 1.7 meters (5 feet 6 inches) tall.

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