by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory
Today’s animation is an iron musket rest that was found at James Madison’s Montpelier. The weight of muskets caused difficulty aiming, so gun rests increased accuracy. This artifact was recovered in the domestic slave quarters of Montpelier, which indicates that the enslaved workers supplemented their diets with hunting. This object was scanned and edited by the Virtual Curation Laboratory’s Rachael Hulvey. A video produced for Instagram by Archaeology in the Community in the Virtual Curation Laboratory features Rachael discussing the object, using a printed version made with a MakerBot Replicator. The InstaGram video can be found here: http://instagram.com/p/i9Az0WKqTB/#.