100 Years ago tonight a lesson was taught we can always learn from: Peace is possible when the power is left in the hands of the meek, the oppressed, and the weary.

As I tell my kids when they are fighting "We are all in this together."  ~R. Joe



The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I 

It was 100 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man's-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here's what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. 

Image by Jim Cooke

In December 1914, the war was entering into a new phase: an extended siege fought along static trenches stretching along a 750 km (466 mile) front. During the previous four months, soldiers were killed at a horrendous pace, and with no end of the war in sight. But during Christmas, things suddenly became quiet — at least for a little while.


'We No Shoot!'

The night before Christmas, a British captain serving at Rue du Bois heard a foreign accent from across the divide saying, "Do not shoot after 12 o'clock and we will not do so either," and then: "If you English come out and talk to us, we won't fire." 

Commonwealth troops fighting in Belgium and France started to hear odd sounds drifting from across no-man's land; German soldiers were singing Christmas carols like "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night"). Allied troops applauded and cheered, shouting out for more. Soldiers on both sides began to sing in unison, trading verses in alternating languages. 

Writing in his diary at the time, Regimental Sergeant Major George Beck made this note:

Germans shout over to us and ask us to play them at football, and also not to fire and they would do likewise. At 2am (25th) a German Band went along their trenches playing "Home Sweet Home" and "God Save the King" which sounded grand and made everyone think of home.


Read More: http://io9.com/the-real-story-behind-the-1914-christmas-truce-in-world-1674671558


There comes a time when we all become part

of that which we always loved, the archaeological record. ~R. Joe

Please note: As of December 2014 the Ossuary is not yet fully live (bad pun intended). I started this project years ago but had to put it on the back burner during an upgrade and am only now getting back to it.  I expect that after the annual field school directory comes online I will be able to get to opening this up in early 2015.  So for right now the ossuary will only have a few manual entries.

[Posted with permission by Tom King.  Modified 12-18-2014 to reflect additional information on Pat's career]


She was averse to social media, but since word is getting around, I need to verify for her many friends and colleagues – and mine, that Pat Parker died early Tuesday morning (16 December). Her passage was peaceful; her son Tom and I were with her at Holy Cross Hospital here in Silver Spring.

Pat had a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, having studied under the late Ward Goodenough and done dissertation work in Chuuk, where among other accomplishments she became fluent in the language and helped mediate a major dispute between two traditional villages and the government. She also co-directed the Tonaachaw Historic District ethnoarchaeological project,

 Drones provide striking evidence of the permanent damage that the asshats at Greenpeace did to the Nazca lines


Last week as part of a calculated publicity stunt Greenpeace defaced the cultural landscape surrounding one of the best preserved examples of the Nazca lines. Drone footage just released (link below) shows how significant the damage the caused is and how permanently visible it is.

Permanent damage visible from the damage done to the Nazca lines by Greenpeace

As my buddy Jim say's "Seriously, who still holds on to Clovis first anymore?"

The evidence for Native American populations migrating to the America's prior to 13,000B.C. is irrefutable, but there is still much left to be discovered. 

National Geographic photo of Naia, Greek for sea nymph, underwater in Hoyo Negro

50 year old crucible provide further evidence of Norse presence in the Arctic

A stone vessel discovered over 50 years ago has been identified by Dr. Patricia Sutherland as further evidence of a Viking or Medieval Norse presence in Arctic Canada during the centuries around 1000 A.D.

As reported in Geoarchaeology the artifact was excavated 50 years ago from a site on Baffin Island. It was recently identified as a crucible that would have been used for melting bronze for use in ornaments or small items. This find further bolsters the evidence for the Norse traveling and establishing way points to trade for arctic trade goods such as walrus ivory and soft pelts that were in high demand in northern Europe.  


Stone vessel evidence for viking metallurgy in North America
A stone vessel discovered 50 years ago has been identified by Dr. Patricia D. Sutherland as a vessel used by vikings for high temperature smelting.

Your salary vs Warren Buffet's

We all know Archaeologists do not earn much, but this quick form will make what you earn seem a lot more equal to your engineer cousin when you are both compared to Warren Buffet


Click on the image to open the interactive version. (Source: http://pennystocks.la).


This is going to be a great story to watch unfold.  The cigar sized box was buried in 1795 by Gov. Samuel Adams, patriot Paul Revere, and William Scollay, a militia officer during the Revolution at the cornerstone of the capital that was then finished in 1798. The box is currently being examined and imaged prior to being opened.




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Please sign the Whitehouse.gov petition to stop the Native American Land Grab


In the recent National Defense Authorization Bill H.R. 4355 was a rider granting a legislative land swap near Superior, Ariz., for the benefit of a foreign company Rio Tinto PLC who seek to mine copper.  When land swaps do occur, according to a 2010 policy brief by the University of Montana they occur through administrative channels.  This land swap though is being included as a rider on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 which is guaranteed to pass which then subverts the normal administrative process for authorizing a land swap.  The gist of the land swap is that Resolution Copper -- a Rio Tinto venture with a foreign company BHP Billiton Ltd. -- would trade more than 2,000 acres of federal land in return for more than 5,000 acres of company land.  It is an important detail to note that many article state the land is being "given" to the corporation, where it is technically a land swap.  The use of the word "give" instead of "trade" or "swap" is an important nuance that people need to be careful of in discussing this if they want to present the issue in a balanced perspective.

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