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Old 03-04-2020, 01:17 PM   #2221
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Sometimes, it's sorta frustrating to live in such young country in the New World.

I'm never going to accidentally uncover the remnants of a 3,000 year-old Bronze Age civilization while digging in my neighborhood.

The best I can do is shards of bone from poor people whose bodies were never properly exhumed and moved as the city expanded, because the undertaker charged with the task took all the money and spent it on booze, instead.

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You never know - you could stumble upon the next Cahokia.
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Old 03-04-2020, 02:24 PM   #2222
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You never know - you could stumble upon the next Cahokia.
That would be cool, but it's not terribly likely, in Colorado.

We just didn't have enough water to support widespread agriculture able to produce reliable surpluses, until the innovations in civil engineering of the Industrial Age.

The best we can do is Mesa Verde.
https://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm

Now, don't get me wrong. The cliff dwellings are pretty impressive, I really enjoyed my visit, and I'd encourage anybody to see them should they have the chance.

That said, they only date back to the early 18th Century CE, and were only inhabited about 70 years.

As impressive as they are (and they are truly impressive), it's just not the same.
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Old 03-04-2020, 03:04 PM   #2223
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Sometimes, it's sorta frustrating to live in such young country in the New World.

I'm never going to accidentally uncover the remnants of a 3,000 year-old Bronze Age civilization while digging in my neighborhood.

The best I can do is shards of bone from poor people whose bodies were never properly exhumed and moved as the city expanded, because the undertaker charged with the task took all the money and spent it on booze, instead.

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I found a large layer of clam shells when I was digging a trench for a power cable for my grandfather's garage.
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Old 03-04-2020, 03:48 PM   #2224
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I found a large layer of clam shells when I was digging a trench for a power cable for my grandfather's garage.
Not too many clam shells in Colorado, except for the fossilized kind.

Was it an old midden?
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Old 03-04-2020, 06:11 PM   #2225
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Not too many clam shells in Colorado, except for the fossilized kind.

Was it an old midden?
Probably. I've vaguely heard of layers of clam shells for some kind of construction or soil conditioning thing.
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Old 03-05-2020, 09:24 AM   #2226
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Apparently bats are really good swimmers.

So this leads me in two directions. One is a post-apocalyptic world where giant bats have evolved (or been gene-manipulated) into marine predators. The other is aquatic vampires.
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Old 03-05-2020, 09:28 AM   #2227
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The other is aquatic vampires.
You mean shrimp; the corpse-eating Nosferatu of the depths?
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Old 03-05-2020, 09:52 AM   #2228
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Look up the giant isopod. It haunts my nightmares.
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Old 03-05-2020, 10:11 AM   #2229
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Edit: Also, Antarctic glacier is bleeding.

This has to be a sign of the apocalypse. Or an Old One testing site. Could also be the inspiration of an extra-terrestrial site.
What has orange blood?
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Old 03-05-2020, 10:22 AM   #2230
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Sometimes, it's sorta frustrating to live in such young country in the New World.

I'm never going to accidentally uncover the remnants of a 3,000 year-old Bronze Age civilization while digging in my neighborhood.
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Colorado's famous for dinosaur fossils. That just means you have to go really far back for your lost city.
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