Tolkien, artist

Flooding and Accomplishments

 My heart goes out to the people who live along the Mississippi River downstream from us.  We had bad flooding here a few weeks ago, but everyone escaped unscathed.  However, downstream from us it seems to be a much different story. 


When I was a young archaeologist, I was hired to be a supervisor on a dig in Illinois.  It was my first trip to the Midwest and I was amazed by the amount of green - it was so luscious that it looked as if you could cut it with a knife.  One of the places that I was in fairly often was the small city of Cairo (they pronounce it Kay-roh, not like the Egyptian city).  Cairo is in danger of getting innundated by the rising waters, in fact the Army Corp of Engineers blew up levees holding back the waters to allow the waters egress.  It is hoped that without the waters backing up behind the levee, Cairo might be spared.  They have done the same thing to other cities further down the river also.  It's not expected to hit maximum flood stage for another week.  My heart goes out to these people, it was a nice area of the country and the people were quite friendly. 



Cairo is located at the meeting of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.  Because
it is low-lying, it has always been susceptible to devastating floods. 

Yesterday's craft day was generally successful.  I have discovered that I can't do a lot of shaping by hand,, at least not enough for the central element that I was envisioning.  I need a ring saw for that, and they are expensive.  I phoned the local glass shop to see if they rented ring saws, but they don't.  I don't have the spare several hundred dollars, so I'll try phoning a few more places today in the hope that someone has a cutter that I can use.  It was abysmally slow, but I did get the four pieces I needed to continue working on this project completed and I flash fired them last night.  They turned out nice, and now I need to get going on the next part, pull out the beads again, and begin stitching things together.  I hope that my vision was a true one, otherwise I've wasted two weeks in an experiment on a project that I don't have any available time to waste.  I'll know by  next week.  
 
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I am. Both my DH and I have advanced degrees in Anthropology, specializing in Archaeology. There are actually quite a few of us in Tolkien fanfic, and I have been privileged to speak to several over the past year.

- Erulisse (one L)
My daughter is an archeologist, with a Master Degree on Andean Studies. She has been admitted to Vanderbilt Uni, full fellowship plus honor fellowship. She's already a teacher in my uni. Actually, I am a teacher in uni too, but I'm an Economist.
Oh, that's marvelous. You must be so proud of her. Andean studies - some fascinating stuff there. If I follow your trail of thought, I would place you in Peru, or maybe Bolivia or Columbia? But I'm leaning towards Peru because of her specialization and your screen name - a stunningly beautiful country that my DH and I have always wanted to visit. Then again, I suppose I could check your profile and find out for sure - LOL.

I don't work in Archaeology any more - I opened up a shop 25 years ago and that's where I make my living. But I still love the field and can't totally tear myself away from it.

- Erulisse (one L)
I don't think my country is visible in my profile, but your guess is correct. (smile)

So what do you sell in your shop? Though I think I have an idea...
Mostly craft supplies for beadwork, leatherworking, and metalworking (jewelry making materials). I also sell finished products made by Native American artists and craftspeople from the US. It's kept me busy and fed my family for many years :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Oh, it sounds interesting! :)

Are there sites where you can excavate in the US? Just curious as I've heard it's not easy there. We have many USA archeologists excavating here.
There are, certainly, many places that can be excavated, but you have to have either the landowner's permission or the government's permission to do so. Most of the time they are undertaken by a variety of different schools and use students as their main labor force. There are other venues, but that is probably the most common.

- Erulisse (one L)
US archaeologists work world-wide, wherever there is interest and someone to either ask them to help out or to hire them to work
That's not what I meant.You have to be a registered archeologist and ask permission to the government here too. If the site is in private property, the owner has to speak with the goverment. I asked about the native people allowing excavations over there.

They say they come here because they find so much to excavate, and of course they have funds which is good for everyone. It's not a matter of help but of association. You have to be from the country to be allowed to excavate. If you are not, you need to associate with someone from here.
The property owners have to agree. As for whether the native people allowing excavation or not, that depends. They really don't have a lot of say unless it is on tribal land. Then, some of the tribes have a real problem if any human remains are found, others don't care as much. Some tribes do their own excavations with the assistance of a trained archaeologist. There are many things here that won't bear directly on existing tribes or cultures, so it's pretty open. Did that answer your question?

- Erulisse (one L)
I've been following the news/weather from the midwest and I know this is a tough time for a lot of folks there.
It's been so difficult for people and my heart just bleeds for them. I have lived through several floods in my house, and I have not experienced nearly the level of devastation that these poor people are now going through. It is horrific and so tragic.

- Erulisse (one L)
We have had heavy rain today - and have been rejoicing in it even whilst huddled under umbrellas; so different, depending on just how much you get and when.

I wish I could remember now which of my FL mentioned Cairo, USA, in a totally different context now...

And I am fascinated by what we hear of your current project.
It is truly terrible for those poor people. It's not even the rain, it is the spring snowmelt more than the rain upstream.

- Erulisse (one L)
Floods in that part of the country can be devastating and heartbreaking. I was born on the Ohio River and there was endless family lore about infamous floods. One of the saddest/funniest tales was of an older family member who suffered from Alzheimer's who would get up in the middle of the night to make endless pots of coffee and sandwiches for the workers who were supposedly filling and carrying sandbags to the river to hold back an imminent imaginary deluge based upon a real one in her youth.

I could go on and on with silly flood stories to distract myself from the real pain and suffering these things bring.

It's sunny and COLD here today.
Oh, that's just touching. My mother died from Alzheimer's, so I have a lot of sympathy for anyone in that position. I feel very fortunate that floods we have had were fairly minor as such things go, although they were terrible in their own way.

- Erulisse (one L)
I just heard from my dad. They are making preparations in Baton Rouge for the flooding. Their predicting the river will be 6 inches OVER the levies. My dad is close enough to the river that this could possibly flood his house. :( My step brother in New Orleans is also preparing for flooding. They'll be opening the Morganza spillway for the first time since 1973 to allow the overflow to go into the Atchafalaya Basin. *Crosses fingers*

Glad you escaped unscathed from the floods up north!
Oh wow, I'll be crossing my fingers for your family. Flooding is such a frightening thing and so very destructive. We had such snows this past winter, it's no surprise that the rivers are running high.

- Erulisse (one L)