TITLE

A MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION OF MATERIALS ADHERING TO TWO EARLY WOODLAND COPPER OBJECTS FROM WEST VIRGINIA AND PENNSYLVANIA

AUTHOR(S)
McConaughy, Mark A.; Anderson, Gretchen E.; Harding, Deborah G.
PUB. DATE
November 2014
SOURCE
Archaeology of Eastern North America;2014, Vol. 42, p15
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Two Cresap phase Early Woodland period sites, McKees Rocks Mound, Pennsylvania, and Cresap Mound, West Virginia, yielded two interesting copper objects used in this study. A copper imitation bear canine that had fabric adhering to it was recovered from McKees Rocks Mound in 1896. A copper quadriconcave gorget was recovered from Cresap Mound in 1958 that also had organic materials adhering to it. These two objects were examined using a Dino-Lite digital microscope. Perishable materials and residues preserved by the copper salts of the artifacts were digitally photographed. The preserved materials provide insights into the perishable goods placed with Cresap phase burials.
ACCESSION #
97864226

 

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