Best of Last Week: November 13-17, 2017

Nov W3

The delicacies of history in the palm of your hand.

Last week’s artifacts represented an array of contexts that redefine the day-to-day activities of past people. Two Canadian sites recovered hand-held tools, including a bone awl and wooden bi-point. Awls were generally used to perforate, stitch or weave organic materials. The awl, in this case, represents 15th-century Wendat culture in Ontario. The bi-point, however, was used as a throat gorge for catching bottom feeder fish. British Columbian archaeologists dated the tool to be 7000 years old.

On the other end of the spectrum, students from the University of Evansville, Indiana discovered the belongings of Tin City residents from the early 20th century. Findings included a variety of broken bits like a piece of red-rubied costume jewelry. And finally, Archaeologists at Montpelier re-evaluate the use of a site based on horse-related hardware. For example, did the provenience of this metal stirrup represent the stables, a place to store equipment or active riding?

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1. Worked Bone Awl- Ontario, Canada

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2. Costume Jewelry- University of Evansville, IN

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3. Wooden Bi-Point- British Columbia, Canada

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4. Horse Hardware- Montpelier, VA

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