Sunday, August 18, 2013

Who built the stone storage rooms?

I was going around Youtube and came across a series from one of the so called "educational" channels about stone structures resembling ancient monoliths.

I watched one, until he started insisting they were Irish construction from 1400 years ago, at which I rolled my eyes: Like Stonehendge, the monoliths of the UK/France etc. date back 4000 plus years. The Irish Monks did build huts: but not monoliths.

And why do they assume that their ancestors did it (and not the Basque or Spanish fishermen who were busy fishing the grand banks). For that matter, why did they travel all those miles inland to build these things? Presumably the Pine Barrens were already taken by the Jersey devil and other evil spirits.

Here is an old NYTimes Article about them: Apparently the locals remember stories of their forefathers building these places to store food. In wintertime, if your veggies froze and then defrosted, they'd rot, so you put them into root cellars to stay cool. Ditto for summer.

they might be interesting from an archeological standpoint as colonial architecture, but with so many nut cases, few want to tough the subject with a ten foot pole, even to check if maybe the local Indians might have made them first.( this article mentions storage pits but with a different description.)

as for that obsidian knife that one psuedo archeologist claims might have been from "Greenland", no proof why someone would sail there when trade routes and fairly high civilizations were flourishing among the Native Americans, but never mind.

And why do some of us despise the NYTimes? Well, this article on the cliffs of New York's Hudson Valley gives little information but morphs into a global warming tirade, complete with commenters insisting we need to "cooperate" in a one world order to save the planet.

Duh. Silly me: I thought that volcanic eruptions cooled the earth, but this article claims that this ancient one raised the temperature 4 degrees.

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