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History and Archaeology in Albany’s South End: Recent Investigations

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on January 22, 2014 in Archaeology, History |

Buffer  Near the corner of Broad and Alexander Streets, Albany, New York, 2012. About 8:00 AM on an overcast day archaeological field workers are gathering to begin the day’s work. Exchanging good mornings, they finish their coffee and move field equipment from their vehicles parked along Broad Street to the two nearby dig sites at […]

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Hydrofracking, Regulation, and Archaeology

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on May 17, 2012 in Archaeology |

Wednesday morning I turned on Albany, New York’s WNYT news and saw the actor Mark Ruffalo speaking in an interview about Tuesday’s protest against New York State’s permitting of hydrofracking in upstate New York.  Ruffalo, who lives in upstate New York, offered the opinion that hydrofracking will either be “banned” or “heavily, heavily, heavily, heavily […]

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Shaping the Forest with Fire-A Very Old Native American Practice

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on October 13, 2011 in Archaeology, Paleoecology |

Kindle(This is the fifth in a series of posts about the environmental context of human ecosystems and archaeological sites in eastern North America, ca. AD 800-1700). A press release last year by the University of Manchester (2010) reported on the oldest evidence of a dwelling yet found in England, some 10,500 years old.  It also […]

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Did Climate Change Affect the Hudson Valley, AD 800-1300?

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on June 17, 2010 in Archaeology, CRM |

Buffer(This is the first in series of posts about the environmental context of human ecosystems and archaeological sites, ca. AD 800-1700). Following the lead of geologists, paleontologists, and climatologists, in recent years archaeologists have been paying more attention to the Medieval Warm Period.  Ancient histories and proxy climate records such as tree rings, ancient changes […]

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