“We could ask Jim Deetz…

…but he’s dead.”

-Dave Wheelock

There’s an old gambrel just down the way from MLB’s place. A For Sale sign is staked in the front yard and a flock of aggressive turkeys lurk with unknown intent in the rear. On our way to The Jones River Landing in Kingston the other day, we took a little detour and shambled into the basement…


Tell me, Clarice– have the lambs stopped screaming?

Dank, cold and foreboding as it was, we were drawn to the drop light.


Maybe it was the promise of a light bulb’s miserly warmth; more likely, it was the potential of discovery that drew Michael and I forward as the two archaeologists dug in the crawl space ahead of us.


Dave has a knack for finding artifacts and a gift for spinning yarns of old Cape Cod.

The best kept secret in the world of Southern New England archaeology was backed up against the stone foundation of this old house, looking for treasures in the sandy mix of the crawl space beneath the floor joists.There wasn’t a lot of time–the house was about to change hands and there was no promise of a friendly and accommodating owner offering up his crawl space for close inspection. They had a scant few hours to find and catalog whatever experience and fate would lead them to. It was improvisational archaeology. 


Craig Chartier is dedicated to digging and education. He’s an expert as well as a nice guy.

Craig Chartier and Dave Wheelock were impervious to the cold, the damp and the spider webs. They were unearthing redware, bits of iron, and other indistinguishable things.

North Atlantic Archaeological Collaborative, Inc


Their new venture, North Atlantic Archaeological Collaborative, Inc, was recently launched and will feature public presentations of their findings and reports. Hint: There’s an archaeological bomb about to go off about the NAAC’s recent dig in Sandwich, MA. It’s a great story, meticulously documented and fun to read. Stay tuned.

For the Facebook crowd, check out the duo’s page at:  https://www.facebook.com/NAArchaeology

You may also sign up for their newsletter at the bottom of the NAAC webpage: http://naarchaeology.org/

Maybe you’ve found the Lost Ark, the faunal remains of a mammoth, or merely a pipe stem…you can contact Craig directly: craig@plymoutharch.com


This humble venture is dedicated to the discovery of the past for the good of the future. Support them if you can. They’re doing really good work in the tradition of the late great James Deetz.


Room for sale!

About a month ago, Peter Follansbee wrote of a reproduction 17th-century room for sale in his post, Who you gonna call?

Local artisans, teachers and all-around gurus Rob Tarule and Ted Curtin designed and constructed the room, which was featured as part of both an exhibit and accompanying book at the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, MA.


Our crew, along with Peter F., carefully dismantled the room, including all the framing members–posts, plates, summer beam, joists and boards–and placed them in storage until they find a home. This is real joinery, folks, hand-wrought by renowned experts. Surely someone, somewhere is looking for just this sort of period reproduction, infused with its own intrinsic history. (Why yes, I AM interested–and stop calling me Shirley!)

Here is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to literally frame yourself with a 17th-century milieu!

For inquiries, call or text Michael Burrey of MLB Restorations at 508 277-4468 or email him at: sgrafito9@aol.com


RIP Bob Tibbits, you ol’ palindrome. You were a great friend to people, to animals, and to our community. You will be missed. 

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3 thoughts on ““We could ask Jim Deetz…

  1. Marie Pelletier says:

    thanks for mentioning Bob, Rick and palindrome it is–

    • pfollansbee says:

      it is not, how do you get palindrome out of Tibbits? Stibbits maybe,…but it was sad to hear about Bob…

      • Rick says:

        I was thinking “Bob”…and that comment was said in a Scott Atwood voice, as he is the one who started it on one of the many occasions we happened upon Mr. Tibbets splitting or delivering firewood in that old red dump truck.

        Bob was a special guy for sure.

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