Thursday, June 26, 2008

LMV 2008 Survey

You can view all of our photos from the LMV 2008 Survey by downloading:

You might also try:

and opening the file in Google Earth.


Tim hanging out at Blues Alley...

Monday, June 23, 2008

New Orleans...

Tim digs into gumbo, gater, étouffée, boudin sausage, bisque, red
beans and rice, and oysters at Mulato's....

RVD in natchez.

Breakfast at Natchez with Robert Chester Dunnell at the Market.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Breakfast at buck's in Greenville ms

On the basis of local advice, breakfast was at Bucks cafe ... A spot
that made the obama campaign tour (he had scrambled eggs hard ). I had
grits and eggs and a great biscuit.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Iced tea

It is just what you drink here. In giant glasses. Night and day...

Greenville mississippi

The house band ... The walnut street allstars playing at the walnut
street bar and grill thursday night. The guy with the hat is german.
Dinner was catfish.

Pyramid found

As far as I can tell this mound is unrecorded. It sits on a big
archaic shell ring as well. And loads of sheets...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Abe's BBQ

Today we supped at Abe's BBQ in Clarksdale, MS. This little BBQ place is near the cross roads of Hwy 61 and 49 which, legend has it, Robert Johnson traded his soul. The BBQ is spectacular. For those in the know, it almost as good as Horton's in Kennett, MO. Really. Amazing BBQ with only marginal vinegary sauce, vinegar slaw and outrageous beans. The BBQ here is as good as any I have ever had. Holy cow delicious.


Once again, Tim looks fondly at his BBQ pulled pork sandwich (and tamales).


A seriously great plate of food.



BBQ smoker outside Ground Zero

Sir Latimer Brown

Special guest at ground zero... Sir Latimer Brown.. Native of Mound
Bayou, Mississippi. Dropped by on tour....

Clarksdale mississippi. Ground zero.

A bit of the blues with daddy rich inClarkdsdale, home of the blues.
Ground zero...

The horseshoe...

First Set of Mounds

Last night we hit points 1-4. The first point (2) was a mound located in trees beyond the Mississippi levee. It certainly is an earthen pile but it also has lower linear features extending parallel to the levee. This could mean that it is an old levee -- which could be where the mound came from -- or the mound dirt was used as part of the levee. It's hard to tell since the ground cover is entirely poison ivy and the actual surface is non-visible (no way to look for artifacts). Even if it was archaeological it may not have many artifacts around. So this first one remains an enigma.

The other points seems to be remnants of construction. There is a lot of development around here -golf courses, etc that creates lots of pile of earth. Given the older quad maps, these three seem to be recent in origin.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


We made it as far as Tunica today - not very far. We are staying at the glorious "Horseshoe Casino and Hotel" which is a crazy clump of hotels on the edge of the Mississippi. The casino itself is in an old meander of the Mississippi - now completely filled in -- on barges in excavated holes filled with water. I assume this is to meet the legal requirements of being a "riverboat" -- yet the river is probably a 1/2 mile away. Strange and sad. The northern points we are going to look at are around here and we should be back on the road shortly.

Lunch in the lmv

Jim Neely's interstate barbeque

Interstate BBQ


Tim sadly waits for his pulled pork...


Tim looks lovingly at a pulled pork samdwich...


The rest of lunch...


Lmv 2008


> So it begins.... First stop ducks unlimited for a geospatial
> conference. Next stop jim neely's interstate barbeque!

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Surfing has been good lately - great weather, nice waves. Last week we had visitors to the archaeometry lab from Vanderbilt University. We took them on a surf session down at Seal Beach.


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

In Search Of...

I was sent this link to the classic Leonard Nimoy "In Search Of..." Easter Island episode today. It is a classic (and now historic) document about the island. It has some good footage of attempts to move the statues via sledges... some crazy conjectures. I think this was my first introduction to EI when I was a youth...