Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
|Snow in front of the house|
of weeks. The storm last night only left 15-20 cm of snow in the city, but its a damp heavy snow. It feels like winter has caught up to us now.
The city is halfway through a major sewer upgrade along our street and there has been a construction zone in front of our house for most of the fall. We've had a combination of related and unrelated plumbing problems in our basement since last spring and have been waiting for the upgrade to get to our house so that we could put the basement back together and finally be done with it all. Of course, the contractors stopped one house short of us, so we get to be the first house hooked up in the spring, but we can't really make the basement livable again until that work is done. It feels like it could be a long winter.
|Our street has been put back together just in time for winter.|
|The backyard is peaceful, though. I hope to use the downstairs deck through the winter. It looks like it should be easy to keep clear.|
Photo Credits: Tim Rast
Friday, December 13, 2013
|Screen grab from editing this post|
If you are interested in getting involved with the Blogging Archaeology Carnival, you can check out the details on Doug's Archaeology. Here is a link to all of the responses from the November Carnival (there are more than 60!) and at the bottom of the post in the link you'll find December's questions and details on how you can get involved.
|Click to view posts with the label "Reproductions"|
This is a hard question to deal with, because I generally try to avoid negativity on this blog. I know that I whine about work and everyone has ups and downs in their life, but I try not to dwell on those things here. On the other hand, I have definitely discussed Bad News stories on this blog. Perhaps the most notable being the posts documenting the cuts to Parks Canada archaeology by the Federal Government which peaked in the spring of 2012. I've really tried to restrict my rants on this topic, because Parks Canada does a lot of very good archaeology and the archaeologists left with the Agency do outstanding work. Of course, the dozens of archaeologists laid off in 2012 also did excellent work and its not their fault that Canadians somehow elected one of the most aggressively anti-science and anti-environment federal governments that any developed nation has ever had to cope with.
1,2: Tim Rast
3: Screen Capture from Parks Canada's Archaeology webpage4: Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flypaper
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
|Each kit has a copper pressure flaker,|
leather palm pad and an instruction
|Ready to Deliver|
Monday, December 9, 2013
|NLAS President, Tim Rast, and Vice-President, |
Catherine Jalbert, at the 2013 AGM
The NLAS Executive Committee is:
Tim Rast: President
Catherine Jalbert: Vice-President
Lori White: Treasurer
Sarah Ingram: Secretary
The NLAS Board of Directors for 2013-2014 is:
|Screen capture from |
James Lyttleton's talk
Photo Credits: Screen Captures from NLAS videos
Friday, December 6, 2013
|I know how it looks, but replicating stone|
tools really has nothing to do with the
"Failing on education" headline.
I suppose by now you are tired of hearing me go on and on about the trip to Resolute and Grise Fiord. I feel your pain. So to spare you, here is someone else writing about the trip:
|Click to enlarge.|
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
|I didn't have a proper bow with me, but this young |
fellow was kind enough to demonstrate his technique
for musk-ox hunting with the bow from the bow drill.
|Raven feathers for the fletching. I'm sure there are more birds in Grise Fiord in the summer, but the whole time I was there, I only saw ravens.|
|Its fairly straight here, but I found that even dry old driftwood likes to warp after you whittle it. I needed to go back and readjust the angles on the scarf joints after a couple days of drying to straighten it out again.|
|The foreshaft was probably important|
in adding weight to the front of the
arrow to compensate for the tiny
|Ignore all the random tools in the top of this photo. Across the middle you can see two arrows in progress. The tops one has the point and three sections of driftwood all lashed together while the bottom one is exploded into its separate elements.|
2012 An archaeological reconstruction of Saqqaq bows, darts, harpoons, and lances in Études/Inuit/Studies, Volume 36(1), 2012, p. 23-48
Photo Credits: Tim Rast