Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A garbage dump is proposed next to a World Heritage Site

Hello, I've worked in public "contract" archaeology for many years as an archaeological technician and would like to voice my concern over this permit application: St. Louis District Corps Permit application: P2476.

For many years working in New York City I have worked with various students in the field of archaeology and as you might imagine from a wide varied experience. The Cahokia Mounds are one of the major archaeology wonders (and ongoing New York University field-school in archaeology, or was) in North America, which I would hear new aspects discovered regularly (maybe examples of MesoAmerican trade, new structures in a former "pig farm" area, large log palisades, updated larger population estimates, etc.) that help explain the history of a part of our country and its natives past organization, a past unknown to European nations when they arrived.

I imagine, former President and General Ulysses S. Grant, who is interred in New York City with his wife, a native of that area of Missouri, might want a better consideration for his origin and its influence on him and other Americans, like myself who grew up on Long Island with a Missourian's sons in Centereach, NY deserving better than a garbage dump next to what is part of the people who have inspired the formation of our democracy, as cited by Benjamin Franklin and others.

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