Friday, December 30, 2005

a wicked cool find!

as a boy, my father found many native american arrowheads and other tools. unfortunately, he never kept them. he grew up in a lovely part of the state. it still has a lot of wooded areas, but it's being slowly developed into hell just like everywhere else. i will always remember my grandparents house and their land and gardens and trees. i'll remember sunday afternoon dinners and my grandmother's cooking (NO ONE even to this day can beat it). she died at 102 just after the year 2000 crept in. she was an AMAZING woman. had 100% of her mind too. i miss you noni!

30.12 / 09:23 13

Ancient "weapons factory" found on Connecticut Ridge

NEW YORK. December 30.

KAZINFORM - 3,000 years ago, a group of hunters perched on a ridge near what is now New Haven Harbor in Connecticut and fashioned quartz into projectile points. The points were likely intended to form the lethal end of an atlatl, or spear-thrower, dart. A skillful stalker could wield the weapon, which predated the bow and arrow, with enough force and accuracy to send a dart into a deer, turkey, or other small prey, Kazinform quotes Abram Katz for National Geographic News.Those ancient hunter-gatherers have since vanished, but the quartz artifacts survive on the ridge, known as West Rock. Michael J. Rogers, associate professor of anthropology at Southern Connecticut State University and his student, Nancy Parsons, have found almost 5,000 stone artifacts at the site, including several unfinished points and at least one unbroken dart point. The discovery reveals the importance of stone ridges to the hunter-gatherers of 3,000 to 4,000 years ago and adds details to the sparse knowledge of the Late Archaic period of North America. The find also hints that dozens or hundreds of similar sites probably lie inaccessible under parking lots and buildings across the Northeast United States. Human Hands Rogers and his students found the site after first consulting Cosimo Sgarlata, now a graduate student at the City University of New York, who had discovered other archaeological sites in the West Rock area. "West Rock was of central importance," Sgarlata said. "By the Late Archaic, people had become more specialized, and the population grew, so they wanted to exploit all resources of the environment." The till topping the ridge is a jumble of clay, sand, silt, rocks, and boulders. While walking a path, Rogers and Parsons spotted a few small pieces of quartz that had been shaped by human hands—and their excavation began. Parsons has now cataloged and recorded the location and type of every stone uncovered at the site. Since last fall, Parsons and assistants have excavated to a depth of about 1.5 feet (46 centimeters) through countless shallow scrapings..........

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