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]

Mirror, Mirror, on the Water: A Tranquil Paddle at Mirror Lake State Park

Mirror Lake

By Mary Fairchild Chelsea Boots appreciates the serenity of Mirror Lake as she quietly discovers the oak/pine forest reflection before her for the first time. …there is rarely a wind-stirred ripple on the water’s still surface— Mirror Lake is a narrow river-like waterway between tall cliff-sided gorges that is about 4 miles long. An[Read more]