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Detail of 1780 map showing area around Fort Ann during Gen. John Burgoyne's 1777 Saratoga campaign. Photo: <a href="">Boston Public Library</a>
Detail of 1780 map showing area around Fort Ann during Gen. John Burgoyne's 1777 Saratoga campaign. Photo: Boston Public Library

Summer dig planned for NY Revolutionary War site

FORT ANN, N.Y. (AP) An archaeological team from Binghamton University will excavate a Revolutionary War battle site located on a hill where a businessman wants to build a mine.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that the archaeologists will conduct excavations this summer on Battle Hill in the Washington County town of Fort Ann, near the Vermont border 55 miles northeast of Albany.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Library of Congress</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Library of Congress, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Historians: Albany port plan threatens Dutch site

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two experts in Colonial history say a plan to build a crude oil facility at the Port of Albany would destroy the buried remnants of the first Dutch settlement built in what would become New York state.

Albany-area historians Don Rittner and John Wolcott say the port was the site of Fort Nassau, built on an island in 1614 by Dutch explorers as a trading post. Spring floods along the Hudson River later forced them to relocate to a nearby site and build Fort Orange, which later became Albany.  Go to full article

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Atmospheric carbon-14 spike caused by nuclear testing.
Atmospheric carbon-14 spike caused by nuclear testing.

Natural Selections: Fallout and carbon dating

Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss radiocarbon dating. Fallout from atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons has distorted the background levels of the radioactive isotope carbon-14, used by archaeologists to date organic materials. But it has an upside, providing a new scale by which to date more recent events, helping researchers track cell turnover in different parts of the body and in testing the age of everything from vintage wine to elephant ivory.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Amateur Archaeologists Discover 250-year-old Burial Site

Last November a couple of amateur archeologists and local historians in Fort Edward found something potentially huge... an old burial site they say contains scores of skeletons dating back to the French and Indian War. But on Monday, Fort Edward Police ordered the couple to halt their excavation of the site. Richard Fuller says police gave him and his wife a cease and desist order after being contacted by Washington County officials concerned over the handling of burial sites. The Fullers covered the site in tarps. But they gave Gregory Warner a sneak peek, by telephone.  Go to full article

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