arms and armament

Animation of the Week: Jack of Plates Plate from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a Jack of Plates plate recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery.  Numerous of these plates would have been sewn to a cloth or leather garment to create armor.

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Animation of the Day: Plain Pearlware Sherd from the Battle of Bladensburg, 1814

By Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

 

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Today’s animation is a plain pearlware sherd 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 that were loaned to the Virtual Curation Laboratory to be scanned for the battle’s bicentennial on August 24th, 2014.

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Animation of the Day: Bullet from Fort Lee RACF

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a bullet scanned in the Virtual Curation Laboratory when it was on loan from the Fort Lee Regional Archaeological Curation Facility (RACF).

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Animation of the Day: Grommet from the Battle of Bladensburg, 1814

By Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

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Today’s animation is a grommet 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 that were loan to the Virtual Curation Laboratory to be scanned for the battle’s bicentennial on August 24th, 2014.

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Animation of the Day: Close Burgonet Helmet from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a a close helmet excavated in 2007 by  Jamestown Rediscovery. The helmet was carefully conserved in the shape in which it was found, with the visor bent away from the bevor, as detailed here Physically unbending the metal helmet could damage the actual object, but this is not a restriction with digitally unbending. This particular animation derives from a 3D scan using a Sense 3D scanner, which is relatively crude for this purpose, but nonetheless illustrates the potential of digital reconstruction and manipulation of archaeological items distorted from their original shapes.  The close helmet will be rescanned with a NextEngine Desktop 3D scanner in the near future.

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Animation of the Day: Brass Casting Waste from the Battle of Bladensburg, 1814

By Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

 

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Today’s animation is a fragment of brass casting waste 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 that were loan to the Virtual Curation Laboratory to be scanned for the battle’s bicentennial on August 24th.

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Animation of the Day: Bullet .45 caliber

By Ashley Perry, Student Intern with the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

1102_bullet_0.45 Today’s animation is a .45 caliber bullet from the Bladensburg Battlefield site (51NE44) in Washington, D.C. The artifact was scanned on January 23rd, 2014 in the Virtual Curation Laboratory. Unlike the .44-cal, the .45 was a less popular caliber during the Civil War, though some rifles, such as the J.F. Brown Sniper Rifle, used the round. It is known, however, that the A. B. Weston flintlock turn barrel  pistol was popular among British soldiers for general use and during the War of 1812. It is difficult to say with certainty at this point what gun specifically this bullet was fired from, but these are likely possibilities.

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Animation of the Day: .44 Caliber Bullet

By Ashley Perry, Student Intern with the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

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Today’s animation is a .44 caliber bullet recovered from the Bladensburg Battlefield site (51NE44) in Washington, D.C. It was scanned in the Virtual Curation Laboratory by Student Intern Ashley Perry on January 20th, 2014. The .44 was a popular caliber for many revolvers during the 1800’s, especially during the Civil War with the Colt Army Model 1860 becoming immensely popular with troops on both sides of the war. Approximately 200,000 of these revolvers were produced between the years of 1860 and 1873, over half of those being manufactured for the U.S. government. Though it is difficult to make any determinations based on the sparse information we have, it is possible that this bullet was fired from such a revolver, (or possibly one of the few rifles that employed use of the .44 caliber, such as the infamous Henry Rifle), at Fort Lincoln, the Civil War site that overlaps spatially with the Bladensburg Battlefield site. However, there were pistols of a similar caliber used during the War of 1812, such as the A. B. Weston Turn Barrel flintlock pistol, so that is also a possibility.

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Animation of the Day: .58 Caliber Minié Ball

By Ashley Perry, Intern with the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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Today’s animation was scanned in the lab on February 2, 2014 by Digital Curation Specialist Lauren Volkers and is of a .58 caliber Minié ball loaned to the Virtual Curation Laboratory as part of a collection of artifacts found at the Bladensburg Battlefield site in Maryland (18PR). This particular artifact is one of a handful of items recovered that likely belongs to the later Civil War component (Fort Lincoln runs along Bladensburg Road and is right next to Prince George’s County, where the town of Bladensburg is located). .58 caliber Minié balls were the required ammunition of the Springfield Model 1861, a rifled musket in widespread use during the latter parts of the Civil War. The Springfield boasted increased accuracy and range over previous models and is widely considered to be one of the most effective firearms of of its type. Over 1,000,000 of these rifles were manufactured during the war, over a fifth of those being produced by the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts.  An animation of an archaeologically recovered Springfield rifle lock plate from George Washington’s Ferry Farm can be found here.

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The “Springfield” Model 1861 Rifle

 

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Animation of the Day: Deformed Musket Ball from Bladensburg Battlefield

By Ashley Perry, Intern with the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

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Today’s Animation is a deformed musket ball recovered from the Bladensburg Battlefield site (51NE44) in Washington, D.C. and scanned on January 29th, 2014 by Digital Curation Specialist Lauren Volkers in the Virtual Curation Laboratory. The musket, or more specifically the flintlock, became an increasingly  popular weapon for the military (and general population) in the early 1800’s because of the increase in manufacturing efficiency and uniformity that interchangeable parts provided. Musket balls were commonly made of lead, which is a soft metal and therefore deformed somewhat when being fired and upon contact.

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