Monthly Archives: April 2014

Rhyolite Patination

I have been tempted to approximate age of a rhyolite artifact by the degreee of patination on its surface. The examples below however disprove that assumption. The two rhyolite “blanks” are reconstructed from half pieces collected at the same archeological … Continue reading

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Door Prizes for the Radiocarbon Dating Contest

Now that the carbon samples have been pretreated and are being “measured’ this week, two door prizes have been chosen for the radiocarbon best-guest contest. For those who have contributed, please submit one guess for the sample from Palisades Park, … Continue reading

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Monkey Business in the Pre-Clovis Controversy

A recent NYTimes article jumps onto the pre-clovis bandwagon. The reporter focuses on the Pedra Furuda archeo sites in Brazil. The article quoted two of the antagonistes in the first Americans controversy, Stuart Fiedel and Tom Dillehay. Fiedel said that … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Campaign Blows Pass Goal!

I am thrilled and relieved that the campaign has exceeded its goal. Yesterday I shipped two carbon samples and may do another one by the end of the week. The second sample recently shipped (and not mentioned in the campaign … Continue reading

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