Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Birch Collection’s Provenience

Generally when you see a collection of this size and quality, one assumes the artifacts have been recovered from a broad geographic area.  But I don’t think it’s the case with the Birch Collection.  From the Journal of The Archeological … Continue reading

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Digging in the Ramparts above Chain Bridge

The fiber optic cable laying continues alongside Potomac Ave.   They redug the area in front of the Civil War rampart today at Manning and Potomac Ave.  I was surprised to see such a uniformly  rocky, ‘schisty’, red ?earth fill? descending … Continue reading

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Beautiful Point Found Today

I found this still sharp stone point today.  Somehow this point eluded destruction within a construction site.  It was also missed by many who passed it up one-two-three-four? thousand years ago.   The artifact’s brethren can be found in several … Continue reading

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Point Typology

As I revamp my Projectile Points of the Potomac Palisades poster, I am reminded of how frustrating it is to classify stone points.  Below is an example of two points with similar characteristics but whom have very different appearances.  The … Continue reading

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Scouts Earn Archaeology Merit Badge @ PMOP

Scouts Tom Rooney and Jay Younger help remount stone points during the restoration of the Birch Collection.  The scouts’ work fulfills the archeology merit badge requirements. The collection will be on display at the Palisades Post Office from July to … Continue reading

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Another “Mosquito Trap”

Below is an attempt at a cheap mosquito trap copied from a project by Taiwanese school children. Despite capturing several bugs, I’ve yet to get a mosquito.

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Mosquito Trap due to arrive from DC’s West Nile Virus Monitoring Program

I can’t wait to see what a real mosquito trap looks like.  Sometime soon, I expect to host a mosquito trap from DC’s Animal Disease Prevention Division. I recently added a solar fan to my “prototype” mosquito trap (below).   … Continue reading

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1883 Description of the Archeology of the Palisades

I recently received from Dr. Mark Herlong a digital copy of  “Contributions to the Archeaeology of the District of Columbia” and have reprinted an excerpt from a general survey of the Palisades, DC.  

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