Big Archeo Finding – via The Onion

New Evidence Suggests Humans May Have Been Dipping Crunchy Things Into Gooey Things Earlier Than Previously Thought

KOOBI FORA, KENYA—Saying their findings could offer fresh insight into the dietary habits of our prehistoric ancestors, archaeologists from Rice University announced Tuesday that they had unearthed new evidence suggesting humans may have been dipping crunchy things into gooey things far earlier than previously thought. “While the scientific community has generally believed that dipping crunchy things into gooey things began some 4,000 years ago with ancient Babylonians dunking crusty flatbreads in a variety of jellies and fish pastes, our research indicates that the practice actually began more than a million years earlier,” said lead researcher Nicolas Farr, adding that the newly discovered fossil remains of Homo erectus point to the species dipping local root vegetables into pools of coagulated blood from game animals such as gazelles and antelopes, and even heating it with newly harnessed fire to achieve a more melty consistency. “While it’s possible that still older hominids made crude attempts at a crunchy-gooey dietary convention—perhaps dipping strips of tree bark into animal dung—it’s unlikely that evidence would be preserved in the fossil record after all this time.” Farr went on to say that a series of ancient Roman legal tablets, however, remains the most recent evidence of a codified prohibition against double-dipping.

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2017 Marechal Foch Grape Harvest

This year proved my best harvest for a vineyard on to 17 years old now.  I spent a fair amount of time picking the grapes, but did no spraying, fertilizing, and only minimal weeding during the season.

And here is Gus stomping the grapes.

Pressing the 2017 grape harvest from Doug Dupin on Vimeo.


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Work Against the Machine

We await new construction at the Palisades Rec Center in DC starting perhaps today Monday, July 11, 2017.   Items from this area recovered yesterday.

Two examples of fire-cracked rock here.  Ultimately, I found nothing of particular interest.

I eventually dug down about 4 feet, only to uncover a cast iron sewage/storm pipe.  My choice of digging site coincided with an already trenched portion of the park.  The area destined to house the new Rec Center indeed appears to be heavily disturbed earth.  I will closely monitor the excavation in the coming weeks.

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My Three Sons on the Precipice

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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 by not using the rolling stones as targets.

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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 this squirrel, with no visible trauma, posed a mystery.    This morning I noticed another lifeless squirrel half emerged from the giant weaver’s nest in a different sycamore tree in the yard.   Perhaps a squirrel plague has arrived???

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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 Havoc, the wild dog of NW DC, is another stab at building the dog legend.  The frame I built from flooring (the bottom grooved side) and attached wasp nest paper.

I recently added red coral to my braided water-iris piece with opihi shells.   The coral was in a “gift box”  of different beach taxonomy.  I had never seen such striking red and wanted to produce as many wafers from the clump of scarlet coral as I could – enough to line the two borders.  The pieces are fixed to rods protruding from the back board.

The above sculpture is a series of die casts used for threading pipe.  Magnets keep the steel together and help mount it to a block of wood.

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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 that a stick? with perhaps cord tightly spooled, created these designs.

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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 is around 15,000 years ago.   I think this might be another case of animals adopting tool-use behavior (like monkeys in South America).   Elephants have been observed using rocks and sticks for various tasks.   Could this be the case of an exceptionally pissed off Mastodon hammering the remains of a dead rival?  Dunno.

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