The First Diary of Captain Stephen Parker
Edited by Paul Westwood
Published at Smashwords
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What you hold in your hands is a book unlike anything that I have read. Let me warn you that it is a horrifying account from the past, but it may hold clues to defeat what I and a colleague have mistakenly unearthed. My name is David Trenton. I am an associate professor of archaeology at Columbia University in New York City, and it is a position that I have held for the past thirty years. I am proud to say that I am an expert in the history of this magnificent city, and have been part of many well-known digs in its environs. You may remember my name; I was the lead archaeologist who coordinated the excavation of Burial Ridge on Staten Island and then completed the landmark book on the burial practices and cultural rituals of prehistoric Native Americans. I tell you this to reiterate that I am a careful researcher and not known in archaeological circles for quickly jumping to conclusions based on speculation and wild conjecture. Yet I find myself now doing what I have been trained not to do: that is, accept as the truth what I have always believed to be silly superstitions.