Author Archives: Doug

Hawaiian Chunkey Stones

I never heard of the Hawaiian bowling stones known as maika until I saw these artifacts in the Kokee Natural History Museum in Waimea Canyon, Kauai.   With the same appearance as mainland chunkey stones, the ulu maika game apparently differed … Continue reading

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Blooming White in the Garden

I often notice flowers of different species will bloom simultaneously in matching colors.   In the garden right now, it’s white’s turn. From top to bottom:  taro, cilantro, waterlilly

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Suspicious Squirrel Deaths

Yesterday, I noticed a dead squirrel at the base of a sycamore tree in my yard.  I’ve seen plenty of squirrels fall out of trees only to bounce off the ground like rubber balls and go about their business so … Continue reading

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Latest Works of Art

Here are three pieces I recently completed. Above is a modified print produced by Frances Lubben.  I left the mountains (middle section) while painting in the upper section the night sky and lower section a glacial lake.   The constellation of … Continue reading

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Impressions on Prehistoric Pottery

Below is a sherd brought to me by a neighbor. I’ve seen these tight striations before (the two parallel patterns) and had always assumed it was a cord (only) that produced such impressions.  However, the zig-zag of 90 degrees suggests … Continue reading

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Those 130,000 Years Old Californians

Big archeo news with the publication of a Nature article claiming that hominids butchered a Mastodon 130,000 years ago in what is now San Diego, CA.   It’s a huge anomaly since the generally accepted date for humans in the Americas … Continue reading

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Happening Today

I just returned from the Kennedy Center expansion site along the Potomac River this morning and got to see a construction team of amigos digging up the old ground surface (well below fill).  You can see the rich soil being … Continue reading

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More Archeo Obliteration along the Potomac in DC

I keep thinking that development along the Potomac River in Washington DC has all but erased the archeological record, but said development continues to gobble up little untouched portions.  The latest is the Kennedy Center’s expansion along the banks of … Continue reading

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Failing Marks for Clay Projects

This is one of those blog entries that I am not terribly proud to post.  I have been working with clay over the past two months and the results have been mostly disastrous. I first built a coil-construction pot and … Continue reading

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Fresh Out of the Ground

Archeologist are working on several test pits at the pocket park on the next block.  Finds thus far – pottery sherds, flakes, and this Minnie ball.

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