Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The countdown to Florida Archaeology Month (FAM) has officially started in the office--15 days to go!  In the spirit of all things FAM I wanted to post this artifact that stumped the experts.  Artifact was found by UWF student Brian Mabelitini during fieldwork for his thesis.

Go on, give it a go...


Artifact will be featured on this year's Florida Archaeology Month poster!  First five to guess will receive Florida Archaeology Month posters in the mail, and if you guess correctly we'll mail you the DHR Civil War Heritage Guide along with your poster.  Good luck!

Last WIIW: Master of Mocha William Pier guessed correctly, artifact is a rug made of 3,000 year old cat hair that hangs in the Villa Zorayda in St. Augustine.  A mummy foot was also found with the carpet and is similarly on display in the Egypt Room on the second floor. 

Text: Sarah Miller, FPAN staff
Images: WIIW artifact by Brian Mabelitini, Cat Rug found at Discovery Kids Images website

8 Responses so far.

  1. They look like old hammock screws, sometimes called eye screws.

  2. Debby says:

    Looks like a key, maybe to a clock? Or other mechanized item

  3. Debby says:

    Could it be a treadle key for sewing,machines?

  4. Definitely look like eye screws probably for hanging clothes lines

  5. Mike says:

    The ribbed side looks like it was used to rub against another object. Is it a component to a locking mechanism for firing a gun? Specifically the part that is struck to ignite gunpowder.

  6. Hint, the theme this year is Civil War sites. Keep guessing!

  7. Debby says:

    Are they gun sights?

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