The top metal piece is an iron and brass

The top metal piece is an iron and brass #pocket #watch #key excavated from within the Andersonville Prison at Andersonville National Historic Site in 2007. The key was used to wind the watch and set the time. The small brass strip below it was excavated from within the same unit and may also be a part of a pocket watch. The #prison, originally officially named Camp Sumter, was established in 1864 to house Union #POWs during the Civil War. The prison held more than 45,000 soldiers over the course of 14 months, and more than 13,000 of these soldiers died during their imprisonment.
ANDE 2111
FS 38.3 and 18.6, Catalogue # ANDE 4843 and 4768

These #projectile #points were recovered

These #projectile #points were recovered as part of a 2003 survey of a field southwest of the Mount Locus Inn, which is located in #Mississippi at mile marker 15 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Parkway is 444 miles long and stretches through Mississippi, #Alabama, and #Tennessee. The general area of the field contains a number of culturally significant features, including a natural knoll used as a mound during the Coles Creek period from 600-800 AD, a slave cemetery known as the Chamberlain Cemetery, and the Inn itself, which was constructed in 1780. The 2003 project began with a #geophysical #survey, and then archeologists used this information to excavate several test units to help with the interpretation of the results. Based on evidence from this investigation and previous investigations conducted at the site, archeologists believe this was the site of a Native American village which contained at least seven structures. The top row of projectiles belongs to the Collins type, which dates from approximately 500 to 1000 AD.  The projectiles on the middle row are untyped, and the two on the bottom row are abandoned preforms. The high concentration of lithic artifacts suggests that tool production was taking place at the site.

This #brass #escutcheon was excavated fr

This #brass #escutcheon was excavated from the Rayfield slave cabins on #Cumberland Island National Seashore in 2006. An escutcheon is a plate that protects the wood around the keyhole of a door; these objects could often be decorated, as in this example. An escutcheon often has a flat piece that covers the keyhole to prevent someone from looking inside. This artifact came from the Chimney 11 #cabin, which also revealed five iron keys during excavations. The fact that items related to personal security were found within slave cabins is intriguing. Slaves living and laboring on Cumberland Island during the plantation era (1786-1880) may have had the ability to limit access to their homes and material goods.
CUIS 2017
FS 306.5