Thursday, December 11, 2008
At a recent NEARA (New England Antiquities Research Association) conference held in Newport, RI (November 7-9, 2008), an announcement was made concerning the carbon-dating of mortar found during the Chronognostic Research Foundation's dig at the Newport Tower. Apparently a piece of shell (probably used to make the mortar) was found attached to the mortar. This sample was carbon-dated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the date of 1450 plus or minus 30 years was obtained. We are awaiting the full report and more details, but obviously this is the kind of "hard science" needed to establish that the Tower predates Columbus.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Just back from the Atlantic Conference in Halifax. The highlight, for me, was information provided by Native American leaders that their oral history speaks of many waves of contact, pre-Columbus, between the Native peoples and Europeans. In particular, they spoke of a late 14th-century period of contact. This, of course, is consistent with many of the artifacts and sites in New England and maritime Canada. Unfortunately, no major announcement linking the Sinclair clan and the Mi'kmaq tribe via DNA testing--apparently the research is ongoing, and it is promising, but it has not been completed yet. Even without the DNA "smoking gun," the tidal wave of evidence presented at the conference left little doubt in my mind that Columbus was, indeed, very late to the North American party.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
For those interested in the study of pre-Columbian exploration of North America, the upcoming Atlantic Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia August 15-17 promises to be a special treat. http://www.atlanticconference.org/ The organizers are hinting at a major announcement--perhaps definitive DNA evidence genetically linking Prince Henry Sinclair to the Mi'kmaq tribe circa 1400?