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    FROM: THE ALBANY TIMES-UNION NEWSPAPER

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    Burial Site Dig Yields Skeletons, Controversy

    Some want amateur archaeologists to halt work on Rogers Island, historic
    birthplace of Army Rangers
    By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press
    First published: Tuesday, June 6, 2006

    JoAnne Fuller unearths a skeleton on Rogers Island, which she believes dates
    back to the French and Indian War. (Jim McKnight / AP)

    _Burial site dig yields skeletons, controversy_
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    2006)
    Some want amateur archaeologists to halt work on Rogers Island, historic
    birthplace of Army Rangers
    FORT EDWARD -- Two amateur archaeologists have unearthed human skeletons,
    believed to be about 250 years old, at a burial site on the Hudson River island
    that's considered the birthplace of today's U.S. Army Rangers.

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    06archive/042806.asp) Richard and JoAnne Fuller said it is very likely the
    remains found on private property date back to the French and Indian War, when
    Rogers' Rangers earned a place in American military lore while operating out
    of Fort Edward. The couple said the skeletons appear to be buried in an
    unmarked cemetery that doesn't appear on any colonial or contemporary maps. No
    other cemeteries are known to have existed on the island over the past 200
    years.
    "Everyone knows there's something on Rogers Island. Nobody knew where the
    cemetery was," said Richard Fuller.
    He said buttons found among the bones could give clues to whether the
    remains are those of some of the 15,000 soldiers and civilians who lived there in
    the late 1750s, when Fort Edward was the largest British military outpost in
    North America. It was also the base of operations for the guerrilla fighters
    known as Rogers' Rangers.
    There are concerns that the Fullers' activities could jeopardize what one
    archaeologist called "quite a significant discovery."
    "You don't just rush out there and start digging because you think it's
    interesting," said David Starbuck, who spent more than a decade conducting
    extensive excavations on Rogers Island and at nearby sites but didn't uncover any
    cemeteries. "It's important to proceed very cautiously."
    While he and his wife aren't professional archaeologists, Richard Fuller
    said they're "well-versed in archaeology techniques" from their previous work
    with an Albany-area archaeological firm.
    There are no plans to give professional archaeologists access to the site,
    although Richard Fuller said he has talked with an anthropologist about having
    the skeletons analyzed and studied.
    Their work at the site is being questioned by some local officials who have
    been at odds with the couple over development plans for the island.
    "It's certainly a major concern," said Town of Fort Edward Supervisor
    Merrilyn Pulver, adding that "all digging should cease immediately."
    Most of Rogers Island, named for French and Indian War hero Maj. Robert
    Rogers, is private land owned by Frank Nastasi, a retired Long Island
    construction executive. He owns 33 acres on the 42-acre island, including the site where
    the skeletons were found. Nastasi is a fellow French and Indian War buff and
    Rogers' Rangers aficionado, said Richard Fuller, who works for Nastasi as
    caretaker of the Rogers Island property.
    Nastasi has abandoned plans to build a marina and hotel on the island and is
    instead considering building a park dedicated to Rogers and the Rangers, or
    selling the site to New York state.
    It was on the island, in 1757, that Rogers wrote his "Rules of Ranging," a
    manual on guerrilla warfare that became a blueprint for modern Army Ranger
    fighting tactics. His original 28 rules have been boiled down over the years
    into the 19 "Standing Orders" taught to today's Army commandos.

    Fuller said he discovered the first skeleton late last fall while
    looking for other artifacts, and reported the find to local police. Village Police
    Chief Walter Sandford said the county coroner's office determined the remains
    were of a historical nature and not from a recent crime.
    In one of the uncovered graves, a full skeleton lay on its back, its hands
    folded on its pelvis. The skull, which contained a full set of teeth, was
    caved in on the left side. Other partial skeletons were lined up in 18-inch-deep
    plots nearby, with another set off a few feet away. JoAnne Fuller has given
    the remains names such as Caleb and Sammy, taken from the actual colonial
    militia rosters the Fullers have among the extensive French and Indian War
    collection that fills their nearby home in Washington County.
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  • #2
    It just goes back to my original theory...

    archeology=grave robbing

    One of the reasons I will always have a problem with these people... they make me sick! Why anyone would descrate a grave in pursuit of "science" is beyond me... apparently religious freedoms and burial rights don't mean a thing when "science" gets involved!

    Paselo
    I became a singer because I love to sing... and to feed my addiction to cough drops!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RedShield View Post
      It just goes back to my original theory...

      archeology=grave robbing

      One of the reasons I will always have a problem with these people... they make me sick! Why anyone would descrate a grave in pursuit of "science" is beyond me... apparently religious freedoms and burial rights don't mean a thing when "science" gets involved!

      Paselo
      Funny thing is its a matter of timing and location as long as it really old and not at a church you can dig to your hearts content...
      ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ - Anigiduwagi
      Till I Die!

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