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...that Salish women of Canada’s Northwest coast once wove blankets from the woolly coat of a special breed of dog, now extinct, that they raised specifically for that purpose?
...that 11,000 years ago people hunted mastodon north of what is now Toronto, Ontario, Canada?
...that quartz holds a metaphysical significance for many people around the world that may be attributed to triboluminescence, a phenomena whereby a flash of light is produced when two pieces are rubbed together?
...that the Iroquoian-
...that people have been mining silver in the Great Lakes region for 2,000 years?
...that the archaeologist William J. Wintemberg collected charcoal from Ontario archaeological sites long before the discovery of radiocarbon dating just because he thought it might prove useful to future researchers?
...that the semi-
...that more than 1,000 languages were spoken in the Americas at the time of contact with Europeans?
Discovering Our Past
Seeing the Light…
You may not be able to get blood from a stone, as the saying goes, but light…oh yes, absolutely! Just take two quartz crystals such as those pictured below and scrape them together as if you were lighting a match. If you are in a dark room, you will see a bright streak of light. Try it several times in a row and you will even smell smoke!
Triboluminescence, as the phenomena is called, is astonishing even to those of us living today who have ready access to light from electricity. What then must it have been like to experience it for those who lived centuries past?
As it happens, there is evidence all around the world that many of our ancestors were quite taken with the “magical” power of quartz to generate light. From the Amazon to Ireland and Australia, quartz was used for personal charms, in rattles and even incorporated into monuments.
To give a Canadian example, an archaeologist working near Prescott, Ontario, near
the turn of the last century discovered fifteen large quartz crystals at a 15th-
Archaeologists, geologists and other field researchers have traditionally worn hats like that shown in the A.H.B.I. Associates Inc. logo pictured above. We chose this emblem as a way of emphasizing the active role of exploration, discovery and understanding in the work that we do.
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