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1. A Previously Unreported Fluted Point from Martha’s Vineyard—a Paleo-American Manifestation along the Terminal Moraine (posted May 2007) By William Moody

2. Artifact Collecting: It's a Hobby, Not a Crime! (posted August 2007) By Lewis B. Smith

3. Turkeytails, Funeral Observances, and the Sacred Calendar (posted June 2008) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

4. Diet, Food Preservation and Cooking Among Ohio Valley Early Cultures (posted July 2008) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

5. Idol Pipes: Review of Examples (posted September 2008) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

6. The Cumberland/Barnes Tradition: Its Character and Chronological Position within a Greater Fluted Point Tradition (posted October 2008) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

7. Frank Hamilton Cushing (1857-1900)—Father of Modern Flintknapping in North America (posted December 2008) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

8. Are Neanderthal Portraits Wrong? Neanderthal Adaptations to Cold and their Impact on Palaeolithic Populations
and Afterthoughts about the Neanderthal insulation hypothesis
(posted January 2009) By Duncan Caldwell

9. Two Undescribed Adena Tablets and Some Speculations as to their Significance
© Duncan Caldwell 1996 text and imagery
(posted February 2009) By Duncan Caldwell

10. Petroglyph Pathways (posted July 2009) By Michael Clauss

11. "Palaeolithic Whistles or Figurines? A Preliminary Survey of Pre-historic Phalangeal Figurines."
An article by Duncan Caldwell, which appeared in the May 2009 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Rock Art Research (Volume 26, Number 1, pp. 65-82. & the back cover). (posted August 2009)

12. Updated Site Report for Fox Pond Farm/Shaw’s Creek Site, Aiken, South Carolina, 2006-2007 Excavations
American Society for Amateur Archaeology (posted September 2009) Prepared by Robert L. Knight, Ph.D.
We published an earlier submission in our printed journal; this piece is an update.

13. An Ingenious, Anciently "Splinted" Stone Sculpture from Meso-America
(posted November 2009) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

14. F. Marse Ferrel, Jr.—Young Scholar and Collector
(posted January 2010) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

15. "A Call to Arms to save the largest open-air assemblage of Upper Paleolithic art in Europe from being drowned—NOW behind a rising dam at Foz Côa, Portugal—OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND—THE CONSPIRACY TO FLOOD THE SEVENTH WONDER OF PREHISTORY" By Duncan Caldwell (posted March 2010)

16. A Set of Steatite Smoking Pipes of the Revolutionary War Period
(posted March 2010) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

17. Abstract Stone Sculptures of Ancestors: Examples from Prehistoric North America
(posted June 2010) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

18. Huge Martha's Vineyard Muller/Grinding Stone (posted December 2010) By William Moody

19. A Prehistoric Wooden Sculpture of a Snake from the Dominican Republic (posted December 2010) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

20. The Vail Habitation and Kill Site: Implications for Palaeo-American Behavior and Band Size (posted January 2011) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

21. An Archaic Effigy Bead from Peninsular Florida (posted January 2011) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

22. Bird Engravings and Maces After 1600 AD (posted April 2011) By Dennis Vesper, ASAA Lifetime Member, Covington, Kentucky

23. The Identification of the First Paleolithic Animal Sculpture in the Ile-de-France: The Ségognole 3 Bison and its Ramifications (posted June 2011) By Duncan Caldwell, Fellow — Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute

24. A Remarkable Clovis Point From Upper Cross Creek, Washington County, Pennsylvania (posted August 2011) By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD

25. Ft. Payne Chert: Infrared Laser Spectroscopy (ILS) Dating of Palaeo-American Artifacts and Trace Element Characterization (posted June 2012) By Richard Michael Gramly PhD & David Hunter Walley

26. Comparative Study of Iranian and Indian Dancing Figures Painted on Pottery as an Indicator of Agricultural Ritual (posted September 2012) by Dr. Ozra Rounaghy, Art and Architecture Faculty, Archaeology Department, Bu Ali Sina University, Hamadan, IRAN

27. A Wooden Anthropomorphic Figurine of the Iroquois (posted February 2013) By Richard Michael Gramly PhD, American Society for Amateur Archaeology

28. Prehistoric Mortuary Lots from Arkansas — the O'Connell Collection (posted June 2013) By Richard Michael Gramly PhD, American Society for Amateur Archaeology

29. A Search for and Recovery of "Toss Pieces" at the Vail Habitation Site. Oxford County, Maine (posted August 2013) By Richard Michael Gramly PhD, American Society for Amateur Archaeology

30. 2013 Fieldwork in Colbert Co., Northern Alabama (posted August 2013) By Richard Michael Gramly PhD, American Society for Amateur Archaeology

31. An Ancient Iroquoian (Cherokee) Wooden Mask from South-Central Tennessee (posted August 2013) By Richard Michael Gramly PhD, American Society for Amateur Archaeology

32. Lunar Calendars or Tribal Tattoos? (posted August 2014) By Mark Siegeltuch
Carl Schuster's life-long study of clothing designs and body ornamentation offers a new challenge to Alexander Marshack's theory of Paleolithic calendars and reveals some of the real mysteries of the art.

Mark Siegeltuch holds a B.A. in history from the City College of New York, an M.A. in medieval history from Fordham University, and an M.P.S. in telecommunications from New York University. He has been a faculty advisor at the Gallatin School of NYU and has taught and lectured on communications-related topics at the Open Center, New York University, and other venues. Mr. Siegeltuch has worked as an editor on a number of books including Social Symbolism in Ancient and Tribal Art (Carl Schuster and Edmund Carpenter) and he is the author of The Thread-Spirit: The Symbolism of Knotting and the Fiber Arts. Mr. Siegeltuch makes his living as a technical writer and trainer in the fields of telecommunication, networking, and software.

Web Masters note: large PDF file 48,570 KB.

33. the ASAA Mastodon and the Bowser Road Site, Orange County, New York (posted November 2014) By Richard Michael Gramly PhD, American Society for Amateur Archaeology

34. A Review of the Cumberland Fluted Point Tradition in Relation to the Dutchess Quarry Caves (NY) and the Phil Stratton Site (KY) ABSTRACT: A review of 80 years of research and thinking about the archaeological phenomenon known as Cumberland reveals misunderstanding of its age and cultural position. The culturally stratified and very well-dated Dutchess Quarry Caves site, in conjunction with the pioneering investigation of the extensive Phil Stratton site, suggest that early manifestations of Cumberland are older than Clovis. The origin of fluted point technology lies with the long-lived Cumberland Tradition, which began to develop in southeastern North America. (posted January 2015) By Richard Michael Gramly PhD, American Society for Amateur Archaeology.

35. Archaeological Investigations at Moccasin Island, Brush Pond, Colbert County, Alabama (posted February 2016) By Richard Michael Gramly PhD, American Society for Amateur Archaeology

36. Bowser Road Mastodon Site, Orange Co., New York (large pdf file 16,309,060 bytes)
Article submitted to the July Atlatl newsletter on the Bowser Road Mastodon Site, Orange Co., New York: Freshly Butchered Remains VS. Curated Remains by Richard Michael Gramly (posted August 2016). See pages 5 to 11 for article.

37. A Snook Kill Cache from North-Central Connecticut
By Richard Michael Gramly, PhD (posted August 2016)
"We are presented with a group of well-made, thinned, and (presumably) ready-for-use flaked stone tools that belong to the "broadspear tradition" of eastern North America."

Note from the Organizer: I received an E-Mail from Judy Hunter, wife of Ralph Hunter, that adds a personal note about Ralph's passion for collecting. Click here to read Judy-Hunter.txt

38. The Social Symbolism of Horns By Mark Siegeltuch (posted September 2016)
"There are so few people who pay any serious attention to design as a cultural document, in a deeper, more significant sense, with a historical view, that I feel my existence is justified-or will be eventually."
With great indebtedness to Carl Schuster.

Web Masters note: large PDF file 29,949 KB.

39. Evidence of Early Clovis Occupation of the Middle Connecticut River Valley By Jason Lovett, Newfane, Vermont (posted December 24 2016)

40. SANDIA POINTS in Western Missouri: Collecting by Fletcher Jolly III at the Perry Site (23RY36), Ray County
by Richard Michael Gramly (posted April 2017).

41. The Water Symbol Its Origin and Transformation
by Mark Siegeltuch (posted june 2017).

42. Birth from the Knee
by Mark Siegetuch (posted September 2017).

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