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Spectacle Lenses- Franklin County, FL

Spectacle Lenses- Franklin County, FL

Many eyeglasses of the era had metal framing, but not all consisted of two lenses.

Minié Balls- Stafford County, VA

Minié Balls- Stafford County, VA

X-rays inside show four rounds of ammunition resembling the shape of .58 caliber minié balls.

Painted Pebbles- Lower Pecos Canyonlands, TX

Painted Pebbles- Lower Pecos Canyonlands, TX

Texas Archaeology Research Laboratory recently revised painted pebble chronology, noting a 2000 year gap between the first decorative series (early archaic) and six latter styles (late archaic to late prehistoric).

Glass Pin Insulator- Oshawa, Canada

Glass Pin Insulator- Oshawa, Canada

Glass insulators are remnants of electric transmission systems during the mid 19th century.

Best of Archaeology in 2018: Lithic Artifacts

Best of Archaeology in 2018: Lithic Artifacts

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Best of Archaeology in 2018: Bone and Shell Artifacts

Best of Archaeology in 2018: Bone and Shell Artifacts

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Best of Archaeology in 2018: Glass Artifacts

Best of Archaeology in 2018: Glass Artifacts

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Best of Archaeology in 2018: Metal Artifacts

Best of Archaeology in 2018: Metal Artifacts

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Best of Archaeology in 2018: Clay Artifacts

Best of Archaeology in 2018: Clay Artifacts

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Freshwater Shell Beads- Alberta, Canada

Freshwater Shell Beads- Alberta, Canada

Unlike snail beads, clam beads were rarely traded beyond local contexts because of their size and weight.