The Bronze Age Strikes Again, OR, yet another plan which will likely get me injured.

In case you didn’t know, I like History. I also like making things.

Unfortunately, a confluence of events will be causing me to have a furnace available to me in the near future, as well as the scrap aluminum from used Cans collected about the place, and at work. This can only lead to shenanigans.

That’s right. I plan on making Aluminum versions of Bronze-Age Technology, and trying them out. I don’t exactly think the results are going to work perfectly, nor will they be anywhere near as good as steel. However, I do think this is more worthwhile than simply fooling around at Experimental Archaeology. In some situations, extremely simple ways of making simple tools are extremely valuable, and can mean the difference between success and failure. Whereas the tools made by Open Source Ecology are very useful, and a both novel and inexpensive way to build many necessary tools, these are all advanced items, primarily made of metal. They include such things as tractors, industrial robots, and agricultural implements which are extremely necessary to any large scale project of the kind they are seeking. However, sometimes, you just need a chisel.

Aluminum isn’t the best material for making chisels. Or Hammers. Or Splitting Wedges, knives, pry-bars, axes, mattocks, or picks. But, with experimentation, I hope to find out if it is at least workable for a few of these. This is mainly due to three things: Aluminum is readily available; the infrastructure for working it is extremely simple; these very basic tools are needed before most of the OSE tools would come into play.

This will be a Foundations project, as well, and it will be documented for publication as soon as I can get the Foundations Project up and running. I hope to be able to show a variety of usable (if not ideal) tools which can be made with stone, clay, sand or metal molds, simply, from common waste material, on almost any site, worldwide. The thing with tools in a non-ideal situation is that you need something workable now, not perfection in 6 weeks. This project might just be able to provide a route to those workable tools for next to 0 cost, even in an area with very limited resources. There will always be trash, and there’s almost always some Bronze, Aluminum, Copper, or other material which would work for these applications in the trash.

Even if it fails miserably, it’ll still be fun, so I won’t count it a total loss.

Armenia and Gallipoli, 100 years later.

This month, of this year marks the centennial of both the Armenian Genocide in Turkey, and also the Allied Landings at Gallipoli. For the Later, You should see the post by my friend over at Jack of All Times. What he points out is indeed a fascinating way to look at a historic event, Especially one so well photographed. The Campaign would kill about 100,000 people over all. This should disgust you all the more, since when you think about that phrasing. “Killed About 100,000 People” you have to think for a moment: We round the Casualties not in tens, or hundreds, or even thousands, but in Tens of Thousands of lives lost. That’s just the killed; the Wounded are many more thousands I cannot bear to count.

The Former is not being talked about nearly as much, which is unfortunate. The Armenian Genocide killed well over a Million people. Factor the logic above on rounding numbers of lives lost on that number.

The worst part is that it’s not covered in the US, no one here remembers them, and Turkey Refuses to admit anything happened aside from a minor relocation. It’s similar in that way to the Trail of Tears.

Watch Ararat, from 2002, on Netflix, if you are of anything like a mind to put up with one of the greatest films I have ever seen on how people deal with conflict and Atrocity. The Trailer is here, but definitely watch the movie.

The Armenian Genocide needs to be remembered. It needs to be called what it is. So, too, does every Genocide, committed by anyone the globe over at any time in history. If you’d like a brief Overview, try this one at the BBC. I shall not detain you further on this, but you should detain yourself on it, and many other similar incidents, many of which happened on US Soil.

Remember. Mourn. Learn. Fight.

Here Endth the Lesson.