Artifact of the Day

Duplex Kerosene Lamp Burner (3D)- Red Cedar River, MI

Duplex Kerosene Lamp Burner (3D)- Red Cedar River, MI

Historic Lantern Base by capmsu on Sketchfab   This artifact is a fragment of a duplex, kerosene lamp burner. The lamp itself was specifically fueled with kerosene based on presence of the wick holder. In this case, “duplex” refers to the two wick holders at […]

The Catalogue: Bifaces

The Catalogue: Bifaces

  The Catalogue is a collection of artifact-related posts from professional social media accounts. The term “biface” refers to the manufacturing technique in which both sides a stone are flint knapped. Depending on their shape, bifaces could be used as spear points, scrapers, knives, etc. […]

Columella Beveled Tool- Palm Beach, FL

Columella Beveled Tool- Palm Beach, FL

View this post on Instagram #ExperimentalArchaeology is the re-creation of technology from the past in order to prove or disprove our ideas about what life was like! Here, we have a replica tool made from the columella, or central spiral, of a #conch shell (above) […]

Scissor Blade- St. Mary’s City, MD

Scissor Blade- St. Mary’s City, MD

Although our week in the field has been mostly spent mapping and avoiding bad weather, there are always new discoveries coming from the lab. We weren’t sure about this mystery iron artifact when it was found a few weeks ago, but it became clear from […]

PRM & M Co. Brick (3D)- Ontario, Canada

PRM & M Co. Brick (3D)- Ontario, Canada

Brick from the Parliament Site by ASI on Sketchfab   This brick was recovered from a site formerly home to two parliament buildings in Ontario, Canada. Both buildings were destroyed in fires- one by American Troops in 1819, the other from an overheated chimney 1824. […]

Pipestone Effigy- Wabasha County, MN

Pipestone Effigy- Wabasha County, MN

This red pipestone animal effigy closely resembles a bear. Two ears, a stub tail and legs with feet have been carved…. Posted by UW-La Crosse MVAC on Thursday, July 12, 2018   How does one interpret this artifact? Was this a fashionable pendant?  Did it have […]

The Catalogue: Slipware

The Catalogue: Slipware

The Catalogue is a collection of artifact-related posts from professional social media accounts. Slipware is a mid-17th and 18th century dishware known for its use of slip trailing. Clay slip was poured, dipped or marbled over buff earthenware to create contrasting colors, shapes and geometric […]

Humpback Biface- Erie County, OH

Humpback Biface- Erie County, OH

First artifact, a flint hump-back biface, probably from the Late Precontact occupation at Heckelman. Est. age: 600 years old. #AncientOhio pic.twitter.com/ChD8egc4Fp — CMNH Archaeology (@CMNHarchaeology) June 11, 2018   The term describes unevenly shaped bifaces from the Late Prehistoric. The crude, bulging side (humpback)  may […]

The Catalogue: Bottle Seals

The Catalogue: Bottle Seals

The Catalogue is a collection of artifact-related posts from professional social media accounts. Bottle seals are markings found on early, historic wine bottles. Seals are considered to be an extension of identity and status in colonial contexts. For example,  it was custom to impress dinner […]

Perfume Bottle Stoppers- Louisville, KY

Perfume Bottle Stoppers- Louisville, KY

Very pretty perfume bottle stoppers from the turn of the century….nineteenth-twentieth, that is. Posted by Corn Island Archaeology on Friday, February 23, 2018   Corn Island Archaeology featured four glass stoppers, each with its own ornate top. Early glass bottle stoppers came in many forms, especially […]