Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tie Up the Horses, Private!

The map below of the Union encampment illustrates the distribution of equestrian artifacts...horseshoes and horseshoe nails...recovered through metal detecting.

Union Encampment #1. Blue lines represent clusters of horseshoes and horseshoe nails.

There are some isolated finds, but there are also clusters, particularly in the center of the site and in the southeast quadrant. These may well have been the locations of corrals or lines to which the soldiers tied their horses. A number of other nails from buildings or wooden crates were recovered...perhaps their distributions mark the locations of corrals, stables, or other structures. I'll take a look at it tonight.


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