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Best of Boise - Best Dig: The Hayman House archaeology project

Staff Pick One of our favorite events of 2015 focused on the Hayman House—what we called "a house of stone with a heart of gold." More important, we loved the story of Erma Andre Madry Hayman. Erma's story is, in many ways, the story of Boise. She lived at 617 Ash St. in a home built from the same type of sandstone as the Idaho Statehouse, which was built the same year in 1907. Erma lived there until she died, at the age of 102, in 2009. Nonetheless, the 900-square-foot house, had remained a mystery to the thousands of people who drive by it each day on nearby River Street until this past summer when an official archeological dig at the site unearthed more than 10,00 artifacts. The dig attra

Fishing for the First Americans

On 17 September, a catamaran will set off into the Pacific Ocean on a week-long cruise back to the Pleistocene. Laden with sonar instruments, the research vessel Shearwater will probe the ocean bottom to find places that were beaches and dry land more than 13,000 years ago, when the sea level was around 100 metres lower. The researchers are hunting for evidence that ancient people lived along this now-sunken coastline as they colonized the New World. Meanwhile, other archaeologists are digging in the intertidal zone on a remote island off the shore of British Columbia in Canada, where the sea level has barely changed since the ice-age glaciers began to retreat. Since late last year, that tea


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