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 a closer inspection and dislodged it from the dirt.  Lo and behold – a stemmed projectile point with a missing portion of the shoulder.


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Kennedy Center Expansion Project

Back in the spring of this year, I lamented the lack of archeology prior to construction along the Potomac River at the Kennedy Center’s  new River Pavilion.  I investigated the site back in May and wrote about what prompted the visit here.

When I visited the area in May most of the foundations had already been sunk and the remaining earth exposed seemed to correlate to the turn of the century era.   Here was the location of the Heurich Brewing Company and the Arlington Bottling Company – substantial amounts of bottles with the label ABC for the Arlington Bottling Company shows the close operations of these related businesses.

Bottles from both the Arlington Bottling Company and CHR Heurich Brewing Co comprise the bottle cache.

At left, CHR Heurich Brewing Company embossed with hop vine around Washington Monument. At right, Arlington Bottling Company.

Closer to the river at this site, I found some of the following items.

4oz medicine bottle, shell buttons, and porcelain bowl fragments

Unfortunately, I did not visit the site when the foundations were dug, which likely would have exposed the sites prehistoric profile.

According to the environmental/cultural assessment Section 108 meeting for the Kennedy Center expansion, the Delaware Nation was consulted.  The Delaware Nation website notes that consulting fees are charged and that those funds go towards their preservation department.  Since no archeology was conducted at the site, it appears this payment was simply compensation for erasing the sites American Indian component.   Sigh.




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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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