Myth Busted

Cutting Ancient Americans Down to Size -- Among those interested in prehistory -- and presumably that's everyone reading this -- there is the knowledge that the average ancient Indian of the Ohio River Valley was rather taller than most of us today. Maybe even much taller. Myth. Myth. Myth. It turns out, if you were to meet a prehistoric American walking down t...
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McKees Rocks Indian Mound6

Indian Skeletons Taken From Mound in 1896 Are Getting Packed to Leave Museum, and Head Back Home It's about to happen. Maybe next year. Maybe the year after. Jay Toth, tribal archaeologist for the Seneca Nation, will sort through bones at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History next week to begin the process of returning them to McKees Rocks. "I can't believe it! I...
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Pittsburgh’s Pot Past

As Pittsburgh makes marijuana possession a little less illegal, it is interesting to note that bales of cannabis once came here by the boatloads. A local businesswoman  ordered the bales and processed them downtown for customers who shipped them around the world. Perhaps, I should explain. Mary Irwin made rope. In all likelih...
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