By Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory.
Today’s animation is a lead flint wrap from the Bladensburg Battlefield site (51NE44) in Washington, D.C. This artifact is part of a larger collection of artifacts from the Battle of Bladensburg on loan to the Virtual Curation Laboratory to be scanned for its upcoming bicentennial on August 24th. Such lead wraps were used to secure the flints used in flintlock guns. Printed and painted replicas were presented on March 15, 2014, to Ruth Trocolli, Archaeologist for Washington, D.C. and Richard Ervin, Senior Archaeologist for the Maryland State Highway Administration.