Tag Archives: Archeology

A better way to eat.

The majority of human existence has been to find a simpler or better way to make things to make us happy.  Food is no exception to this at all.  From poppy seeds to cheese and back around to garum and worchestershire sauce, using the plants and animals we cultivate in a variety of interesting and flavorful ways is always interesting.

This article from io9 discusses a bit regarding this.

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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in Anthropology, Gjale, Goofballery, Nature


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…And, we’re back!

Okay; so essentially, I took two and a half weeks away from writing full time and constantly.  It was for a really, really good reason.  One: I’m again up for promotion at the bureaucracy at which I had previous attempted promotion and was denied; and two: I’m up for a very good job in the compliance field of archeology. That interview seemed to go very, very well and I feel like I built a solid report with the interviewer.

The plan for this week is to get back to writing on my fiction, the game rules, and for this space.  I plan on attempting to get a review done for an album and for a game.  Either way, thanks for bearing with me if you did.


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Apocalyptic of the Day: Jamestown and Cannibalism – Paul Mullins

Here’s an interesting article regarding the history of the first “successful” colony in America from Paul Mullins.


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Apocalyptic of the Day: Oh, Those Crazy Aztecs.

Once again, a mystery in Mexico: Archaeologist Uncover Hundreds of….

Also, Century Media has a kickass sampler out: This is Armageddon.

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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Accountability, Anthropology, Art, Geek, Music


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Inspiration of the Day: Modern Ruins from io9.

Science, Science Fiction and Fantasy blog io9 runs a series on their site regarding modern ruins and their states as they decay from human abandonment and non involvement.  To an archeologist, this means a lot as we watch the taphonomy of the building and the site.  It is sobering to watch what was once amazingly beautiful or important fall apart.  In the words of Yeats, “the center cannot hold, things fall apart.”

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Again, I won’t be writing a Nocturnal Rumination this night.  Enjoy the images instead.


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Weekly Writing Review: In which we revisited the past…

Toltec MoundsThe photograph above is from the Plum Bayou Trail at the Toltec Mounds Arkansas State Park, a site listed on the NRHP.  The mound in the foreground is Mound A (center left) and the mound on the right is Mound B.  I forsook my weekend writing this week to take Paimona and our spawn to the site and enjoy its surroundings.  Situated now in the middle of farming country in Arkansas, the Toltec Mound site is not in fact Toltec at all.  Though surmounting evidence is demonstrating that perhaps the tribes of Mexico had interaction with Texas bands, they never got anywhere close here.

The site itself sits upon an oxbow lake of the Arkansas River, directly in its valley, and is near the Plum Bayou stream.  It is a site of great importance to the people that lived in the area circa 600 through 1100 CE.  A place of ceremony, at one point in time it had 18 mounds (all but the largest two are deflated and marked as such)  There was an embankment that circled the site that had two broken areas to map the Equinox and Solstices.  Most likely, the only residents of the city were the ruling elite of the area and the specific feasts and festivals would bring other those that lived in other communities to the mound site.

In the most generalized of terms, this site is late Woodland to early Mississippian periods of history in the US. Using Little Rock as a bearing, Arkansas is a state that can be divided into quarters, drawing a straight line essentially going west to east and north to south.  During the Mississippian period, we know the NW was inhabited by possible mound building cultures from OK and TX; however, the Osage mostly inhabited this difficult area during Summer months.  The NE was inhabited by the Quapaw (from whom we derive the name Arkansas as mentioned by French Missionaries whom called these people the Kappa Akansea).  There are a large number of mound sites in the NE corridor of the state, most specifically Casqui (Parkin, AR) and Nodena (outside Wilson, AR).  Both these cities were mentioned in the Gentleman of el Vey’s account regarding De Soto’s trek through the Southeast and is where his journey began to fall apart. The SW corridor of the state was home to the Caddo, and the SE corridor was home to the Plaquemine/Tunica peoples and was were De Soto would meet his demise and be consumed by the oxbow lake of the Mississippi now known as Lake Chicot.

What makes Toltec so interesting is that the site was abandoned essentially 200 or so years before the other large mound complexes in AR were established.  We do not know who they were or whom they became after leaving the area.  Most likely (my opinion), the site’s importance began to wane during a period of harsh environmental concern like other later mound complexes, causing the importance of this ceremonial center to fall in comparison to another, growing mound site.  Due to its location in Arkansas and the general geography of the later people, it is hard to identify as to which tribe or in what areas the Plum Bayou culture integrated or developed.  The site sits between North Little Rock, AR and a small group of farming towns outside the city known as Scott, Keo, and England.  Down the road in Scott is the Arkansas Plantation Museum for those interested in the historical period.

As a writer and a developer of a world, these experiences are interesting because some of the most interesting and important decisions and locations are sites like these.  This is literally the keystone in a cultural geography.  If you are ever in AR and you need something to do, attend this museum.  The staff there is genuinely helpful and kind.  Further, the prices for a guided tour and not expensive.  And even though it’s touristy as all hell, by SOMETHING or ANYTHING for that matter.  Those funds help keep this park going and it’s historical significance is worth even a few scant dollars of your time and interest.



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Inspiration of the Day: An update…

Tomorrow, 29 March, we’ll not be posting at all.

Further, I may going forward have to take more days off; I’ll continue to attempt to publish my weekly music review and writing log.  My truest and most sincere inspiration is starting her softball season soon enough and missing a game of hers is unthinkable for me.  Further, I’m attempting heavily to return to archeology or a museum setting from my current Social Services job.  Applied anthropology is fun, but I still find that I enjoy skeletons and artifacts more than clients.  Less talking back or something like that.

Anyhow, I figured an update would be best in this position.

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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Accountability, Inspiration


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