Best of Last Week: Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

Artifacts are meaningless without context and archaeologists are especially meticulous about retaining this data. The location of an object can reveal who, how and when a space was used over time.

Cultural context played a key roll in our most recent posts. The date on a bottle marks the end of an era for a Utah resort. Ceramic dolls convey a lighter side to living in an all-girl’s boarding school. Coffin hardware, in Kentucky, established the social status of a former Senate member. Also in Kentucky, glass household items suggest that the site was occupied by a family with children.

Scroll down to uncover the cultural context behind all of our featured artifacts.


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1. Owens-Illinois Bottle- Great Salt Late, UT

Owens-Illinois Bottle on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/11/03/owens-illinois-bottle-great-salt-late-ut/

2. 19th Century Doll- Boston, MA

19th Century Doll on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/11/02/19th-century-doll-boston-ma/

3. Uranium Glass- Louisville, KY

Uranium Glass on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/11/01/uranium-glass-louisville-ky/

4. 19th Century Coffin Hardware- Frankfort, KY

19th Century Coffin Hardware on American Artifacts Blog
Original Post: https://americanartifacts.blog/2017/10/31/19th-century-coffin-hardware-frankfort-ky/

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