Pickawillany Update 5


Pickawillany Update 5

So far we have had pictures of people metal detecting but not any of the recovery process. Picture 1 shows Michael Thornton, an intern from Urbana University, carefully removing soil from the location of a metal detector hit. After a sample is shown to contain metal, it is placed on a plastic tray and divided in half until the metal item is revealed (picture 2). In this case it is what appears to be a .45 caliber musketball (picture 3). Michael was the first person in approximately 250 year to hold this item. The next question is why was it in this location? Was a Miami home or trader cabin in the vicinity and being fired upon or was this fired in defense? It is hoped that further research will address questions like this.

Posted October 31, 2006
Topics: Archaeology

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