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SUNY Potsdam students use trowels and brushes to gently excavate soil and peel through layers of history along the Raquette River in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe
SUNY Potsdam students use trowels and brushes to gently excavate soil and peel through layers of history along the Raquette River in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

SUNY Potsdam students dig into history along the Raquette River

Student archaeologists excavating a site along the Raquette River in Potsdam have unearthed pieces of prehistoric Native American pottery, stone tools and part of a spear tip that could be 5,000 years old.

The SUNY Potsdam Anthropology Department is overseeing the summer school program on college property along the river. It allows budding young scholars the chance to get their hands dirty while learning more about uncovering buried artifacts, mapping and field research.

Todd Moe stopped by the dig site recently to watch the students search for more clues to the North Country's ancient past.  Go to full article
Million Dollar Beach, Lake George, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/plastiks-romance/8217100899/">Pamela Boudreau</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Million Dollar Beach, Lake George, NY. Photo: Pamela Boudreau, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Artifacts from Lake George dig going on display

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) Some of the thousands of artifacts uncovered during an archaeological dig in the southern Adirondacks are going on display this summer.

Archaeologists started excavations last year near the parking lot at the state-owned Million Dollar Beach on Lake George ahead of a road construction project. They've found thousands of arrowheads, pieces of stone tools and other artifacts dating back to about 8,000 B.C.  Go to full article
Since 1978, Richard Feltoe has reenacted a Canadian militia soldier from the War of 1812.  His topic at the War of 1812 Heritage Talks is The Upper Canada Militia in Peace and War, 1808-1816.  Photo: Richard Feltoe
Since 1978, Richard Feltoe has reenacted a Canadian militia soldier from the War of 1812. His topic at the War of 1812 Heritage Talks is The Upper Canada Militia in Peace and War, 1808-1816. Photo: Richard Feltoe

Ogdensburg explores War of 1812 history, heroes and everyday life

Battle reenactments, tours, exhibits and other events are set for this year's commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The U.S. and Britain fought some of the war's bloodiest battles two centuries ago this year in Ontario and parts of upstate New York from Lake Ontario to Lake Champlain.

This weekend, the Fort La Presentation Association in Ogdensburg presents its annual War of 1812 Heritage Talks at the Freight House restaurant. Todd Moe spoke with historian and organizer Michael Whittaker, who says it's two days of traditional music and a slate of speakers and exhibits.  Go to full article
Detail of 1780 map showing area around Fort Ann during Gen. John Burgoyne's 1777 Saratoga campaign. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1777BurgoyneTiconderoga.jpg">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="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/80/Dutch_Rowhouses_Albany_1789.jpg">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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