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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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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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Environment Change in Northern New York: Was it the Little Ice Age or Iroquois Forest Clearing?

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on August 12, 2011 in Archaeology, Paleoecology |

Kindle(The fourth in a series of posts about the environmental context of human ecosystems and archaeological sites in eastern North America, ca. AD 800-1700). Recent articles and press releases have reported the Delaware valley study by Stinchcomb et al (2011) in which multidisciplinary research was able to conclude that Native Americans in the last 1,000 […]

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