Monthly Archives: May 2011

Found yesterday

I found this musket ball in a construction site in the Potomac Palisades. The lead ball was revealed while pealing back the face of an excavated wall. The area also had lots of fire-cracked rock, stone flakes, and charcoal.  I … Continue reading

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

I caught this 3-D movie yesterday with family and friends.  The film’s impact lies at the confluence of 3D technology, access to the heavily restricted cave, and the amazingly pristine conditions of the artwork and pleistocene animal bones littering the … Continue reading

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Is this DC’s oldest artifact?

I am currently revamping my projectile points poster with new additions and text revisions.   Yesterday I went over point designations with friend and resident prehistoric expert, Scott Silsby.  I’ve arranged the points with oldest varieties at top descending to … Continue reading

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The Latest Weapon in the PMOP Fight against the “Tiger”

Since speaking with the city about our Asian Tiger Mosquito problem, I will from now on refer to the mosquito as the Tiger Mosquito, lest I be accused of denigrating an entire continent of people on account of a parasitic … Continue reading

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May 16, 2011 – Spring 1972, 5800 Potomac Ave.

Potomac Ave. now (above), same location photographed for Dr. Charles McNett’s archeological survey 1972 below

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Found today after heavy rainfall

The Piscataway point pictured below was just found within a stone’s throw of the museum.   I often try to establish a ratio between finding flakes  and actual diagnostic pieces.  For today, the number of chipped quartz to a final product … Continue reading

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53 years ago today. It happened in the Palisades.

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May 12, 2011 Potomac Ave.

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A Fake Kensington Runestone

Lying beneath a patch of day lillies in a Bethesda, MD garden is a fiberglass cast of the Kensington Runestone. The fake fake is flawless except when tapped lightly.

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Recent finds for the Birch Collection

The artifacts shown below were recently recovered from a construction site that I believe is the same location mentioned in the previous blog entry – The Birch Collection. “Mr. George W. Birch, the owner, very kindly showed us a collection … Continue reading

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