by NewbowPA
Yesterday, 06:00
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 28
Views: 1.5K

Re: New Research On

Dogs are negative speculation, just as boats . Not all things for which conclusive evidence is absent are equally probable.  DNA suggests dogs weren't domesticated until around 16000 years ago (about as early as many are willing to accept for the peopling of the Americas) with selected breeding evi...
by NewbowPA
17 Nov 2017, 06:59
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 28
Views: 1.5K

Re: New Research On

Honestly, I hadn't considered migratory birds, though I had given some thought to unfamiliar flotsam casting up on the beach.  Point taken!  They most likely were aware of a "somewhere else" to the south.  Getting there is still problematic.  Given the current state of evidence, over the ice is more...
by NewbowPA
14 Nov 2017, 18:01
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 28
Views: 1.5K

Re: New Research On

The length of the corridor is variously estimated in the neighborhood of 1000 miles(1500-1600 km).  Let's say it's 900 miles and assume they actually had animals to herd.  The old west cattle drives would average around 15 miles a day.  At that rate it would take 60 days to travel 900 miles.  Withou...
by NewbowPA
14 Nov 2017, 07:05
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 28
Views: 1.5K

Re: New Research On

Unlikely.  For one thing, the animals in question would have to be herdable which is a good deal different than driving some over a cliff.  I am aware of nothing in the record that would suggest that native populations in North America were herders at that time but, if the corridor's natural graze w...
by NewbowPA
14 Nov 2017, 06:16
Forum: Flintknapping - General Discussion
Topic: Pic test
Replies: 9
Views: 227

Re: Pic test

Yes.  Looks okay to me.
by NewbowPA
20 Oct 2017, 20:37
Forum: Flintknapping - General Discussion
Topic: "Flint"knapping gallium?
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: "Flint"knapping gallium?

It's a bit expensive but would be interesting if someone happens to have a lump already.
by NewbowPA
04 Oct 2017, 21:31
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: New reading material
Replies: 10
Views: 202

Re: New reading material

ISBN-10: 1604695315,  ISBN-13: 9781604695311
by NewbowPA
10 Sep 2017, 05:29
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: Clovis Point? Arrowhead? Just a rock?
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Clovis Point? Arrowhead? Just a rock?

My guess is that it is, indeed, unexciting; not an arrowhead, at least.  There is no indication of flaking, grinding or any other form of preindustrial shaping.  It appears to be a broken half of whatever it was originally and it looks metallic to me, though that could be due to the lighting.  Given...
by NewbowPA
28 Jul 2017, 18:35
Forum: Flintknapping - General Discussion
Topic: Clovis/Folsom Help
Replies: 6
Views: 357

<r>Ethan: The "How to" section of the Puget Sound Knappers Web Site contains a detailed article on how to set up a point for fluting as well as instructions on building a fluting jig (<URL url="http://pugetsoundknappers.com/how_to/sollberger_jig.html"><s>[url=http://pugetsoundknappers.com/how_to/sol...
by NewbowPA
21 Jul 2017, 19:18
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: The peopling of the Americas
Replies: 3
Views: 313

<r>In what way Charlie is connected to the cited paper (or another paper for which he claims shared authorship in his Academia profile) is unclear, as his name is included nowhere in the papers and he does not elaborate on his contribution. He still seems to be a member here at PP but it has been 2 ...
by NewbowPA
17 Jul 2017, 05:38
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: A brief summary of human history
Replies: 3
Views: 183

He's baaaack!
by NewbowPA
28 Jun 2017, 03:58
Forum: Fire Making
Topic: using bark as a fire board
Replies: 25
Views: 855

<t>Robson Valley: River rat gives a pretty good verbal description of the operation. That, combined with watching a couple videos to remind yourself of good orientation of the various components should get you an ember. I teach bow drill annually at a primitive skills gathering and have come to pref...
by NewbowPA
11 Jun 2017, 00:23
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Any simple paleo solutions for geing blind as a bat?
Replies: 20
Views: 521

<t>Quest for fire: There is every reason to believe that our forbears were capable of living to become what we would call old today; say over 60. The conditions of their lives, accident, disease, etc. seem to have limited the vast majority of them to an average lifespan of 35 years or less. They liv...
by NewbowPA
09 Jun 2017, 22:38
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: Any simple paleo solutions for geing blind as a bat?
Replies: 20
Views: 521

<t>There are a number of exercises and or diets that pretend to improve eyesight but ophthalmologists are inclined toward skepticism as to their efficacy and, if you lost your glasses, they would be no immediate help even if they worked. The pinhole solution Tyrannocaster mentioned does work. In thi...
by NewbowPA
08 Jun 2017, 22:42
Forum: Flintknapping - Beginners
Topic: Debitage or just a rock?
Replies: 10
Views: 502

<r>The picture of all that obsidian isn't just one isolated spot.  In some areas such rivers of rock are common.  The picture below is from the Glass Buttes neighborhood, which is where the picture in my previous post was taken.  A scale is included in the picture so you can see that particular flow...
by NewbowPA
08 Jun 2017, 03:46
Forum: Flintknapping - Beginners
Topic: Debitage or just a rock?
Replies: 10
Views: 502

<r>It is almost certainly a geofact.  Obsidian flows tend to break up into shapes just like that, as in the pic below.  There are literally millions of similar looking obsidian bricks scatted over eastern Oregon.  It's not impossible that somebody hit it once, of course, but given it's shape and onl...
by NewbowPA
04 Jun 2017, 00:20
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: 10k year old buffalo kill
Replies: 5
Views: 317

<r>The "Imagining Head Smashed In" PDF can be downloaded from here: <URL url="https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/3329236-imagining-head-smashed-in"><s>[url=https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/3329236-imagining-head-smashed-in]</s><LINK_TEXT text="https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/downlo ...
by NewbowPA
26 May 2017, 16:39
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: Scientists find 7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains in Balkans
Replies: 2
Views: 240

<t>I am confused by your request to delete. It is an interesting article that will, if verified, require some adjustments to the human origin/development scenario: Perhaps a previously undetected (and unsuspected) "into Africa" that occurred long before the "out of Africa" dispersals. What was it yo...
by NewbowPA
25 Apr 2017, 05:00
Forum: Flintknapping - General Discussion
Topic: Supplies
Replies: 2
Views: 261

<t>What they're offering will work, if that's what you mean but you can make your own much cheaper. For instance, the "spiral hardened copper rod" they off at $14 is simply #4 solid copper grounding wire you can pick up at your local hardware store for no more than $1.50 a foot. Buy $5.00 worth, chu...
by NewbowPA
03 Apr 2017, 04:59
Forum: Flintknapping - Beginners
Topic: Bulk Knapping stone sources?
Replies: 5
Views: 430

<t>There are two knap-ins in Alberta this year; one in Caroline (July 6-10) and one in Lethbridge (Sept 1-4). It's not cheap to mail rock (or anything else) to Canada so if you can make those knap-ins you'd be money ahead. I haul about 100 pounds of rock up from the States to each knap-in and there ...