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I have whole SHELF full of astrology books,
but don’t really believe in focusing on one’s Sun sign alone; will have to have another look…

1969; $2.00;
Half Price Books .99¢
Shelved for now.

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I LOVED this one, and learned some things too!
Add the ‘thriller’ aspect, and for me, the perfect combination.

Gibbons IS a Marine Archeologist:

And then, @ the end, I read he’s a Canuck, doing his first shipwreck drive in The Great Lakes!

2008 – $US 6.99

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originally Aku-Aku

2018-Jan-5th – for TORONTONIANS:
Anybody remember The Last Resort @ 817 Broadview, where you could wash your clothes and book-browse @ the same time…[circa early 1980’s??!]

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There used to be a little treasure trove on the West side of Bay, below Wellesley, where you could pick up ALL kinds of publications, MOSTLY DIRT CHEAP.  Any body else remember…?

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The Hopewell culture was a virtual explosion of monumental architecture, art and ceremony centered in southern Ohio between about 100 B.C. and A.D. 400.

One of the most striking features of the Hopewell culture was a far-flung interaction sphere that brought exotic raw materials into Ohio. Hopewell artisans acquired copper from southern Ontario, mica from the Carolinas, seashells from the Gulf of Mexico and obsidian from Montana.

Ohio’s principal contribution to this interaction sphere was rainbow-color Flint Ridge flint — now Ohio’s official gemstone.

The Hopewell quarried countless tons of flint from quarries at Flint Ridge in Licking County. Skilled flint-knappers worked the flint into two highly standardized forms — small, leaf-shaped blades and variously shaped, but frequently conical, cores.

These cores were not tools. They were carefully prepared and portable blocks of flint that could be used to make large numbers of similarly shaped, long, thin bladelets. These products of Ohio’s first industry can be found across much of eastern North America.

Pinson Mounds in western Tennessee is the largest Hopewell earthworks site outside Ohio. It includes a huge circular earthwork — similar in size to Newark’s Great Circle — and a number of mounds that extend over about 400 acres. At a number of places around the site, archaeologists have recovered many bladelets made from Flint Ridge flint.

Archaeologists Marvin Kay and Robert Mainfort Jr. have studied the Pinson Mounds bladelets and have some ideas about their purpose and meaning. The results of their analyses are presented in the current issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Kay and Mainfort examined bladelet edges under extremely high magnification to look for clues to how they had been used. They found that many of the Pinson bladelets had been hafted to handles, much like modern replaceable razor blades. Many bladelets served principally as burins — a sort of gouge used for working bone, antler or wood. Others were used as gravers, knives and scrapers. These little tools were highly versatile — Kay and Mainfort compare bladelets to our modern screwdriver, which has a variety of “creative and productive” ways it can be used, they said.

In spite of the bladelet’s versatility, when the Hopewell culture collapsed, the technology was abandoned. The use of Flint Ridge flint in general declined markedly as well. Why would later peoples have given up such a useful technology and such an important source of flint?

Kay and Mainfort conclude that “at its core, the Hopewell Interaction Sphere communicated information about social identity and status.” And bladelets, particularly those made with Flint Ridge flint, were the “quintessential symbol of the Hopewell Interaction Sphere.”

Evidently, the circumstances that brought about the end of the Hopewell culture produced such strong feelings in the people who formerly had identified themselves through the use of such symbols that they decided emphatically to reject them even though it meant giving up a useful tool and a valued raw material.

Archaeologists are still trying to uncover exactly why the Hopewell culture collapsed, but Kay and Mainfort have shown that artifacts have much to contribute to our understanding of this unwritten history.

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we read Kon-Tiki @ TPS;
is that where my fascination with ancient cultures began?

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An Eleven-Thousand-Year Archaeological Outline
National Museums of Canada

filled with information and photos\

As well as the ONTARIO bookstore on Bay, there is/was a FEDERAL distributor on lower Yonge of official maps and treasures like this; then a hefty-whole $7.25

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I very much enjoyed this,
although I seemed to need a dictionary more t’wards the end.

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I was wary that this might be ‘wacky’,
so it took me two tries to ‘get into’ this,
but once I did I REALLY enjoyed it!

Does anyone else remember being fascinated by Minoan culture circa Grade Six (??) Social Studies?

This posits that Minoan Crete WAS Atlantis.
I’ll have to find more!

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