Monday, April 19, 2010

Curious objects found at St. Saviour's site

Michael Jederlinic, a teacher from Queens, found a piece of bone, a seashell and an interesting rock on the perimeter of the St. Saviour's site in Maspeth after the land had been leveled.


Anonymous said...

One can only imagine what else was buried there that has forever been destroyed.

Anonymous said...

Fascinating! Thanks for these. They really make you think about what was here in the past.

georgetheatheist said...

"...not only did the Indians come to Newtown Creek for shellfish..."

The proper name for them is Beringians, interlopers from the Bering Strait who usurped the presence of the indigenous white Solutrean culture which had immigrated from Europe via the Atlantic Ice Bridge during the Ice Age. The video's artifacts could indeed be Solutrean artifacts.

Check out the 1st Annual Solutrean of the Year Award presented to Dr. James Chatters who reconstructed the skull of the Kennewick Man. Presented by the inimitable Frank of Queens and John of Staten Island on last Friday's The Right Perspective radio show. (


georgetheatheist said...


Frank said...

The bone is an unfused cow long bone that's been sawed down into a cut of meat. This is a pretty common practice from about the 1700s on. The holes in it are natural.

The stone looks like a regular stone to me but without close up pictures it's hard to say. The red mark might just be an inclusion on the stone.

The cow bone and shell are pretty common artifacts on colonial era and later sites in NYC. If you're interested in the archaeology of NYC I'd suggest reading Unearthing Gotham by Anne-Marie Cantwell and Diana diZerega Wall. There's also a guide written by them for an archaeological walking tour of NYC which includes the Bowne House and other places in Queens.

Both are good books to learn why NYC is interesting enough as it is without fantasies of paleolithic Europeans making their way here.

It's a shame the church is gone and that NYC doesn't require archaeological investigations before developers shoehorn more people into the city.

georgetheatheist said...

Fantasies? The future has yet to be written.

PS I am a White Male.