Marion Dahm's research/mooring stone documentation
- Stan & Ancient Waterways Society members:
I am just in the door from trips to Upper Michigan and
Madison...checking computer correspondence even before unpacking the
Stan, this does seem to be a good site for inserting links related to
ancient global waterways such as the Scottish boats site you sent
earlier in the week. I am running a print of it to read at work.
Earlier in the month is Pam Giese's fine eulogy in a post to this site
of ancient Viking expert/Kensington Runestone researcher, Marion Dahm.
She too had the privilege of getting to know Marion through various
conferences and camp site discussions.
Marion will probably be most noted for his careful documentation of
thousands of "mooring stones" most of which he personally followed up
on at present or former ancient waterway sites throughout the Midwest,
Canada, and East Coast. Marion never wrote a book nor do I believe
authored independent articles,though many have been written about his
research. Undoubtedly, Marion's research friends and associates from
the Kensington Runestone museum, and family members will begin
gathering what I presume to be countless boxes of research. A letter
from his daughter Janna last week, they are still dealing with funeral
matters and the suddenness of his death.
In the meantime, I started going tbrough ten years' worth of
correspondence from him. This includes numerous articles, maps,
photos/infrared aerial photography showing various ancient water levels
for an area around the Western Minnesota/Dakotas/Continental Divide
region where he and fellow researchers documented hundreds of 'Viking'
mooring stone holes. These vast old lake or riverway mooring stone
sites I believe are at two different elevations, indicating a variance
in water levels and time periods---now farmland or plain. If I am
correct, and according to one of Marion's photos to me, some of these
large waterway areas now dry were as recent at 1000 years ago!
I was more a transporter with Marion than researcher, but if anyone is
interested in details of the work he was doing in league with others, I
shall ask Californian Steve Hilgren--who has worked closely with Marion
for a number of years--to reply through this web site. Such discussion
would by no means not be off-topic on a global, "ancient waterways' web
link. I know Steve has a lot to say on the subject that he could not
get into much detail on other sites.