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January in June? 1816, the Year without a Summer

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on June 6, 2012 in Archaeology, Paleoecology |

Kindle(This is the eighth in a series of posts about the environmental context of human ecosystems and archaeological sites in eastern North America) On this morning’s weather report, WNYT Channel 13 in Albany recalled a Ballston Spa, New York newspaper story from 1816:  June 6, 1816 dawned cold and snowy.  According to the Channel 13 […]

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Apparent Evidence of Archaic Period Forest Alteration in the Vosburg Site Archaeological District, Guilderland, New York

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on December 5, 2011 in Archaeology, Paleoecology |

Kindle(This is the sixth in a series of posts about the environmental context of human ecosystems and archaeological sites in eastern North America) Some of the earliest evidence of land clearing and related forest composition change in eastern North America has been summarized in the short Fieldnotes article, “Shaping the Forest with Fire–  A Very […]

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Recent Investigation Shows Effects of Ancient Native American Forest Clearing

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on June 16, 2011 in Archaeology |

Kindle(This is the third in a series of posts about the environmental context of human ecosystems and archaeological sites in eastern North America, ca. AD 800-1700). Last summer I wrote about ancient forest clearing practices of American Indians in the Eastern Woodlands region, particularly in reference to the Mohawk and Hudson valleys of New York […]

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