by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)
Today’s animation is an elk metatarsal recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery. It was scanned on April 7, 2014, in the Jamestown Rediscovery laboratory. It is unknown whether this tool was made by the colonists in Europe or by American Indians from a native elk. The defleshing tool is stained green at its working edge from contact with a copper object. A replica painted by intern Bridget Polk was provided to the staff of Jamestown Rediscovery for public archaeology purposes on April 18, 2019.