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To the left is a fancy piece of lead that would have held the flint for a flintlock musket. To the right is a face of a Louisiana button.
Rachel is caught grabbing a drink of water while Dale snuck up behind her for the photo. Actually, we had dug so many items, we had to break until they could get her more flags to mark the locations of the finds. (c) Dale paused for a photo while recovering a piece of an artillery shell, while Chuck waits for him to finish. (r) Tom points to a musket ball setting on the surface (seen in the last photo to the right).
On June 29, Jerry had gotten a signal for large iron and had dug part of a cathedral bottle. They wanted to do a unit to recover it to see if it may be a fire pit. To the left, Steve had laid out the unit and removed the upper surface. After removing the second layer, a dark area could be seen. When they started to excavate it, bones and a round iron item appeared. It turned out to be cow or horse bones along with more of the bottle, part of a civil war period whiskey bottle and a 12 pound Borman fused cannon ball! Below is the freshly recovered ball and the part of the whiskey bottle. You can also see how Heather is sketching in the unit as it is excavated.
Heather, Jenn and Rolando at the screen just after the ball and bottle part was recovered. Screening produced several of the fragments from the cathedral bottle.
Both the shell found in this unit and the one recovered on the 13th have now been professionally disarmed and are now ready for conservation by the Park Service.