The Bicentennial of the War of 1812

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on June 26, 2012 in Archaeology, History |

Kindle“In 1814 we took a little trip, ‘long with Colonel Jackson down the Mighty Mississipp’. Took a little bacon and we took a little beans, And we fought the bloody British in the Town of New Orleans.” -Jimmy Driftwood, “The Battle of New Orleans” This month marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the […]

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William L. Rathje, Who Broadened the Subject of Archaeology

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on June 15, 2012 in Archaeology |

Kindle“William Rathje and colleagues have brilliantly demonstrated the applicability of archaeology to quite contemporary phenomena…”  –Thomas F. King (2002:166). “William L. Rathje…has given some valuable and unexpected insights into the pattern of consumption of the modern urban population – and the methods employed are purely archaeological.”  -Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn (1991:11). “All archaeologists study […]

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Let’s Not Stumble on the Road to Economic Recovery

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on June 8, 2012 in Archaeology, CRM, History |

On May 28, 2012 John R. Roby posted a very interesting article on the bad economy’s effect upon archaeology, arguing persuasively that less budget-cutting and more support of archaeology, parks, and historic preservation is called for in the economic recovery.  He points out the devastation to archaeology programs at Parks Canada due to draconian budget […]

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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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