Category Archives: Uncategorized

More Finds

These specimens were found recently near the Potomac River.  Below, an amazing rimsherd with a decorative collar. The point at left is a quartz crystal bifurcate and on right is the classic Savanna River.  I’ve seen a few of these … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Grapes of 2018

It would have been another banner year for my grape harvest had it not been for the marauding deer making nocturnal visits.  They are less concerned with the actual grapes themselves.  Instead they have been stripping the leaves for the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

All That Fire Cracked Rock in the Palisades

The most defining characteristic of precolumbian evidence in the Palisades is the ubiquity of fire-cracked rock.  The telling characteristics are varying hues of red, and more specifically, the jagged fractures that typically appear with quartzitic rock.  When I first started … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

5321 Macomb St.

The latest bungalow to be replaced by a mcmansion yielded a few prehistoric items. This soapstone/steatite bowl fragment looks like it might have been ground after it’s useful life as a bowl.  The first phase of pottery in this area … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2018 World Cup Tiki Bar

I’m running a bit late with the completion of 2018 World Cup tiki bar but more or less completed it today.    It continues to get uglier  year by year.  Previous tiki resurrections  here, here, here,  here, and here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Swiss Family Lunatic

On the banks of the Potomac River, just upstream from Key Bridge in Washington DC rises a flagpole flying the American and Israeli flag.  At the base of the flagpole is a new dwelling resembling something like the Swiss Family … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Palisadean Pottery

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a collection of different prehistoric pottery types found in the neighborhood on display at our new library?  I’ve brought this idea up with the library people and the thought sailed right over their heads.  … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Easter Find

Found during a grown-up Easter hunt yesterday. This would be classified as a quartzite “chopper” probably associated with the “Savannah River” people of the terminal archaic. This type of stone tool confused early North American archaeologists who had been familiar … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lives in Ruins

I recently spoke with a woman inquiring about the Palisades Museum of Prehistory and she told me about her book club’s discussion of Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson.  It came as a complete surprise to me when she told me … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trampled Artifact

During this summer as I walked to the Palisades Park,  I regularly noticed this piece of quartz in the middle of the footpath.   I never thought a projectile point so trampled upon could go undiscovered.  Last week I stopped for … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment