Surfing Baja’s Pacific Coast With Ginni Callahan: Sea Kayaks, Grit, and Consistent Swell

Rosalillita Surf

By Mary Fairchild Ginni Callahan, Punta Santa Rosalillita, BCS. Although it is possible to ride storm surf, tidal bores, and swell, what provides us with ‘the finest waves to ride’ is swell arriving on a suitable beach.  Nigel Foster (1) During the first week of April, I was fortunate to be[Read more]

Exploring the Great Basin: Camping in the Anza-Borrego Desert, Hiking around the Calico Early Man Site, to Sand Boarding the Ancient Sand of Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Anza Borrego Desert

By Mary Fairchild (updated 11/2010) Anza-Borrego Desert The Great Basin stretches from southern Idaho to Southern California which includes all, or portions, of Oregon, California, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.  Its southwestern parts are now known as the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of Southern California.  In this large, generally dry, mountain-studded region of the West[Read more]

Owsley’s Kennewick Man Research May be Trumped by DNA Tests Similar to Anzick Child

adn_animation

By Mary Fairchild (updated 11/15) Many Native-Americans do not believe that archaeologists are capable of interpreting and preserving their past.  Last spring, Smithsonian’s curator Douglas Owsley publicly told the tribes that the Kennewick Man was not Native American, but this year, DNA analysis in Denmark appears to be proving Owsley’s research team was wrong. Both Indians and Anthropologists[Read more]

Douglas Owsley Chooses to Omit Peer-Review on Kennewick Man Research

By Mary Fairchild (updated 11/15)  Marmes Rockshelter Site, not far from the Kennewick Site. “..only Owsley’s team had been allowed to study the bones(Kennewick Man)…There has been an absence of peer-reviewed articles published when standard procedure is for scientists to submit articles to scholarly journals, have other experts review the[Read more]

John Ruskamp Speaks at ESCONI: Midwestern Epigraphic Society, Pseudoarchaeology, and Xenoarchaeology Today

petroglyphs

By Mary Fairchild (updated 12/5/2015)  *2015 Update:  2015 references offering professional perspectives on John Ruskamp’s work(notes at end). My daughter exploring petroglyphs near Mesa, Arizona; 5/2014. I am fortunate to be able to visit Arizona annually where I find time to hike and trail run.  Petroglyphs and pictograms are abundant in the Southwest (pictured[Read more]

Water Trails Reveal Rich Archaeological History in the Midwest

Midwest Archaeology

By Mary Fairchild (updated 12/9/2015) Maquoketa River Trail; 6/15/14. In June of 2014, my two daughters, pictured above, joined me for a river clean-up and local archaeology paddle on the Maquoketa River with Iowa archaeologist Elizabeth Reetz.  There are two forks of the Maquoketa River that meander through Jackson County for about[Read more]