Friday, April 12, 2013

"Dogs on Mounds"

 I have a new folder in my Turtle Island photos: "Dogs on Mounds."
I think these dogs are amateurs:

The Professionals:

"Initially used in police work,  forensic dogs were noted to alert on old cemeteries.  So the Institute of Canine Forensics, formed in 1997, began training working breeds—herding and hunting dogs—to locate ancient remains. 
Just How accurate are the dogs?   Extremely accurate, according to their handlers—who provide some impressive examples.
“On an archaeological site in Vacaville in June, the dogs identified burials that were 3,000 years old,” Grebenkemper said."
In archaeology, an HHRD trained canine with impeccable manners, slow and methodical search style, properly trained and certified, may be the Remote Sensing Tool of the future. ICF canine trainers are "writing the book" in this field. Certification standards are high insuring that the ICF certified canines are reliable, non-invasive tools to be used in modern archaeology.

The Law:
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), Pub. L. 101-601, 25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq., 104 Stat. 3048, is a United States federal law enacted on 16 November 1990. NAGPRA makes it a criminal offense to traffic in Native American human remains without right of possession or in Native American cultural items obtained in violation of the Act. Penalties for a first offense may reach 12 months imprisonment and a $100,000 fine.

The Other More Deadly Consequences of Disturbing Burials:

"When the state announced in the early 1980s that Route 55 - "the Road to Nowhere" - would finally be finished, a Nanticoke Leni-Lenape Indian chief warned that doing so would disturb the 8,000-year-old graves of his ancestors buried along the Almonesson Creek.
Sachem Wayandaga, an Indian chief and medicine man for the tribe, warned that if the burial ground were desecrated, "some very unusual things may occur at the site."
Some people just laughed....almost as soon as excavation began in March 1983, a bizarre series of accidents, injuries and illnesses befell people connected with the project. Most of the incidents involved the crew that worked for the John Rouse Construction Co.
The evening after the project began, the parents of one of the asphalt pavers were killed in a car accident. The brother and father of an office worker at the site died the same weekend.
John J. Cheli, owner of the excavation company that had cleared the land, died soon afterward, when his Corvette skidded off an icy road in Vineland.
No one at the site could figure out how crew member Leroy Starling ended up dead beneath the roller of an asphalt machine, or why a fierce gust of wind came up out of nowhere and knocked another worker off an overpass, paralyzing him.
Then there were the five crew members who narrowly escaped death when their van blew up and burst into flames as they rode from one section of the project to another.
Karl Kruger, who had been the Department of Transportation's site-engineering supervisor, confirmed the incidents. Kruger, who died several years ago, was a no-nonsense guy who claimed not to believe in ghosts or curses. He did say, however, that in the 25 years he had worked construction, he had never seen such an "unbelievable" amount of injury and loss on a job site.
An inspector working next to Kruger collapsed and died on the job after suffering a brain aneurysm. Other workers or members of their families were diagnosed with fast-moving cancers and other serious illnesses.
Some blamed the "curse" that supposedly occurred when the Indian burial grounds were unearthed. But Wayandaga insisted that no such curse existed and that the (multiple) tragedies were simply a result of disturbing the ancient graves..."


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