Welcome, new member Liz Kassly; Re: "Ancient Canals?"
- Thankyou for the 'Welcome's' to your group.
Since the 1970's only a few excavations have been undertaken at Cahokia Mounds. A large burial complex was excavated in a slightly elevated 7ft high Mound 72. Anyone interested in the morphology and DNA of this high status beaded Birdman burial should get the book called 'CAHOKIA The Great Native American Metropolis' by Biloine Whiting Young and Melvin Fowler and another book called 'CAHOKIA Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi' by Timothy Pauketat.
DNA is discussed within the group by a method called 'Carabelli's Cusp'...studying the teeth because the bones were pancaked together due to density of the clay soils. A mention is made of burial similarities to the Natchez.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Vincent Barrows <v_barrows@...> wrote
> Welcome to my friend Elizabeth (Liz) Kassly to Ancient Waterways Society (AWS).
> Liz has many years of professional archaeologist experience at Cahokia Mounds.
> I am indebted to Liz for sharing knowledge and wisdom with me about Cahokia
> archaeology. Liz is one of the most knowledgeable people about Cahokia
> Archaeology, especially the land and region of Southern Illinois.
> There is a new DVD video entitled "Lost Civilizations of North America" that was
> released in 2010. In summary, the video discusses paradigms of19th century
> archaeology, achievements of the moundbuilders including Cahokia and Newark, and
> DNA study. I recommend checking out the following link for a trailer of this
> Vince Barrows
> From: Susan <beldingenglish@...>
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Mon, January 10, 2011 11:26:20 PM
> Subject: [ancient_waterways_society] Welcome, new member Liz Kassly; Re:
> "Ancient Canals?"
> Welcome to Elizabeth Kassly from Illinois. Members who have been with our group
> a few years may recall some of the fine references our other co-host, Vince
> Barrows has made in regard to Liz' archaeological research, her donation of the
> Kassly-Schaefer tablet, and I will add a few links here. Vince has a long
> acquaintence with Elizabeth in their work at Cahokia and can further introduce
> our newest member. I include a few links I ran across:
> A NEW "BIRDMAN" TABLET DISCOVERED ON 11-15-00 BY LIZ KASSLY:
> "Cahokia â" the City of the Sun-Woodhenge and the spring equinox":
> from Vince' filmvideo showing the fit-up of two matching pieces of the Kassly
> Schaefer Tablet:
> To our other new member who joined yesterday--- Cornelius (PiltdownJack): if
> you were intending on sending a message or reply in Post #2060 w/subject heading
> "Copper", please freely re-post. Many have reportedly lost the entire contents
> of their Messages after backing out or temporarily exiting the page in which
> they were posting. Also...if one clicks Rich-Text Editor after typing an
> entry, all contents of the post are lost. I now initially write to my
> wordprocessing or email account, then transfer it to a Post at our site, but
> again, after clicking Rich-Text Editor. Cornelius....I news came on after my
> welcome post to you...such a tragedy and sad situation going on in your city of
> Tucson right now...
> Vince, re-reading some of the more recent articles on Cahokia and some of the
> research materials you have provided other investigators, many of us here at
> this site commend you for your highly dedicated, ongoing contributions there
> and frequent additions to your Historiography of Monks Mound and web sites. My
> favorite of his sites, too a fine introduction to Cahokia for those unfamiliar
> is Historiography of Cahokia From the Earliest Times to European Arrival:
> Vince sent the following links to place under his name within our Newcomer
> greeting letter:
> Re-reading the post below from Steve, I do hope, Vince that you are able to take
> up his offer to work with the Ancient Canal Builders team where you reside
> now, in Louisiana. When Jenson, Garcia and the team had to make some
> corrections, and changes in direction, I hope others besides
> myself appreciated Steve's inclusion of Physicist Richard Feynman's "Cargo Cult
> Science" and his own input on it in his note below, from a few weeks ago.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "bigalemc2" <puppet@>
> > Vince -
> > I missed that Susan had mentioned this:
> > "Vince's work as an engineer, and having not long ago relocated from the
> > Cahokia area of Illinois-Missouri to New Orleans, is a good candidate to
> > do ground (swamp/bayou) work in liaison with higher tech imagery on
> > natural or man-made water routes in lieu of varying human and climate
> > changes, weather disasters."
> > Wow, I'd forgotten you are the person on here who had done work at
> > Cahokia.
> > A: I grew up in the village of Cahokia, so am reasonably familiar with
> > the mounds there. Having grown up there, for some reason some people
> > afford me some status in this general field, but I always play it down,
> > actually. But it would be interesting to dialog with you some time.
> > B: On the canals, we ARE going ahead on the canals in Louisiana. That
> > is where the bulk of my effort is going right now, in trying to falsify
> > a recent provenance for the LA canals. I have some possible
> > explanations to check out, even now. Whatever we claim, someone else is
> > going to argue against our conclusions, so we need to beat on it for all
> > we are worth to show reason why the canals are not something else. Our
> > recent self-immolation about the irrigation canals is proof we are
> > honest in our approach. I was the one who found the mosquito ditch
> > explanation and the muskrat explanation. I don't have a problem with
> > those results. Disappointment, yes, but facts are facts. Better we
> > prove them to be recent ourselves rather than give fodder to others. I
> > have the impression much of the effort in peer-reviewed papers is to
> > anticipate objections, and I think that is one good way to go.
> > In "Cargo Cult Science", his graduation address at CalTech in 1974,
> > Nobel Prize winning Physicist Richard Feynman said:
> > â¦there is one feature I notice is missing in Cargo Cult Science.
> > That is the idea that we all hope you have learned in studying science
> > in school â" we never explicitly say what this is, but just hope that
> > you catch on by all the examples of scientific investigation. It is
> > interesting, therefore, to bring it out now and speak of it explicitly.
> > It's a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific
> > thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty â" a kind of
> > leaning over backwards. For example, if you're doing an experiment,
> > you should report everything you think might make it invalid â" not
> > only what you think is right about it: other causes that could possibly
> > explain your results; and things you thought of that you've
> > eliminated by some other experiment, and how they worked â" to make
> > sure the other fellow can tell they've been eliminated.
> > Details that could throw doubt on your interpretation must be given, if
> > you know them. You must do the best you can - if you know anything at
> > all wrong, or possibly wrong - to explain it. If you make a theory, for
> > example, and advertise it or put it out, then you must also put down all
> > the facts that disagree with it, as well as those that agree with it.
> > For the LA canals, certainly a trip down New Orleans way will be in the
> > offing, if we don't shoot those canals down in the meantime. So, if you
> > live in N.O. I would want to ask if you:
> > Would be interested in contributing some small effort in the field at
> > some point if, we solidify our preliminary effort?
> > Steve