Artifact of the Day

Bear’s Grease Ointment Pot Lid- Ontario, Canada

Bear’s Grease Ointment Pot Lid- Ontario, Canada

April #Artifactofthemonth:Many strange, weird and wacky remedies were created for daily use in the 19th century. Here we have a ceramic jar lid that once contained Bear’s grease that was believed to encourage hair growth. #artifact #archaeology #araheritage pic.twitter.com/T3jJiQd058 — ARA Archaeology (@ArchResearch) April 17, […]

Fork- Antietam National Battlefield, MD (3D)

Fork- Antietam National Battlefield, MD (3D)

Fork (VCU_3D_3162) by Virtual Curation Lab on Sketchfab   Archaeologists uncovered this civil war era fork from the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, a site famous for preventing the Confederate takeover of Maryland in 1862. This particular fork style, bone handled and attached to a steel base, […]

The Catalogue: Woodland Period Pottery

The Catalogue: Woodland Period Pottery

  The Woodland period is a prehistoric era commemorating the beginning of sedentary life throughout Eastern U.S. and Canada. Sedentism changed how food was obtained (hunting, early agriculture) and handled (storage, cooking). In archaeological contexts, Woodland period sites are largely defined by the presence of low-fired […]

Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters Bottle- Fort Smith, AR

Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters Bottle- Fort Smith, AR

We spent the afternoon taking photos of artifacts from St. Anne's Convent in Fort Smith for @strictly_witchly ’s paper for the Society for Historical Archaeology meeting in New Orleans next month. A post shared by AR Archeological Survey – UAF (@aras_uaf) on Dec 15, 2017 […]

The Catalogue: Transfer-Print Wares

The Catalogue: Transfer-Print Wares

Transfer-prints were a popular decorative style from the late 18th century to the late 19th century. Designs were engraved on copper plates, dyed, then transferred to ceramic vessels. This technique improved over the years with underglazing, sharper lines, distorted textures (flow ware) and more color […]

Arrow Foreshafts- Southern AZ

Arrow Foreshafts- Southern AZ

Foreshafts were components of projectiles that could be split or slotted to hold points. Foreshafts were often made of wood, bone, ivory, antler and secured with organic materials such as string or sinew. In archaeological contexts, the size of the shaft determines if the device […]

Perforated Celt- Prairie County, AR

Perforated Celt- Prairie County, AR

Arkansas Archaeology recently published a perforated celt as their Artifact of the Month. This and similar shaped objects are indicative of Southeast, late Mississippian communities.  Celts weren’t actually used as tools, but rather, used symbolically to represent strength or noble status. Archaeologists have suggested their […]

Dan River Phase Pottery- Henry County, VA (3D)

Dan River Phase Pottery- Henry County, VA (3D)

Dan River Net Impressed Jar (2361p323) by RLA Archaeology on Sketchfab Archaeologists recovered this storage jar at the Dallas Hylton site in the Piedmont region of Virginia. The jar’s decorative characteristics suggest that it was made during the Dan River phase between 1000 AD- 1450 […]

Child’s Tea Set- Grand Ronde, OR

Child’s Tea Set- Grand Ronde, OR

Archaeologists, Sara Gonzalez, recently published a blog post featuring a miniature creamer from a children’s tea set. The vessel was excavated on a schoolhouse site (1856-1955) built on the Grand Ronde reservation. The toy set resembles hand-painted, porcelain tea sets of the time and most […]

Sudden Side-Notch Projectile Point- PaleoWest, NM

Sudden Side-Notch Projectile Point- PaleoWest, NM

PaleoWest’s Navajo-Gallup Water Supply project team just uncovered a 5000-year-old pit structure that may have been… Posted by PaleoWest Archaeology on Wednesday, March 21, 2018