Emanuel Point Excavation Updates June-Sept 1997 [Artifacts] @ Florida OCHP

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Bolt Heads and Weights


These photos were taken during the late summer and fall of 1997
as the excavation team continued ...


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Two small cuprous objects were recovered from sediments outside the starboard bow of the ship. They are believed to be small apothecary weights used in the measurement of medicines. One is rectangular with  faceted sides and has a marking similar to a fleur-de-lis stamped over  a second marking resembling a starburst or dancing figure. This piece  weighs 1.70 grams.
The second object is six-sided and incorporates a cross surrounded by
a looped circle and a rope-like circle. A small rampant lion is also
present in the bottom right-hand quadrant. The bottom left quadrant
contains a fleur-de-lis. Below the cross is an unidentified digit
that may be a weight denomination. This piece weighs 2.18 grams. An
identical weight was found Mary Rose, Henry VIII's
flagship, which sank off Plymouth, England in 1545. It was one of
four weights found with a balance scale in a small wooden box.

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Three copper crossbow bolt heads were found in the bow of the ship. Fashioned from sheet copper, rolled around a mandrel and brought to a point which is quadrilateral in cross-section. Crossbow bolt, or quarrel, heads found in the southeastern United States usually have been fashioned of wrought iron. Similar copper bolt heads, although smaller, recently have been found in Texas and are thought to have been associated with the expedition of Vasquez de Coronado (1540-1542). During the final weeks of excavation, a fourth bolt head similar to the first three was found.

 

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copper
artifacts 1
copper
artifacts 2
copper
artifacts 3
Project
People
The Anchor Ceramics


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Copper Items 1 Copper Items 2 Copper Items 3 project people Recovering the anchor ceramics