More Exciting Finds at Colonial Michilimackinac

Thursday, July 18 was a very exciting day at the archaeology dig at Mackinac State Historic Parks’ Colonial Michilimackinac. From Dr. Lynn Evans, Curator of Archaeology:

“The center of the excavation was the scene of the exciting finds today. The first was the intact bottom of a case bottle. Case bottles are so named because their square shape fit well in packing cases. They were originally imported holding rum or other spirits, but were reused until they broke. The dark green color indicates this one was British. It measures 3” x 3”,” Evans said. “The second find was most of a two-tined fork. The section that was found measures 5” long, but we can see that it would have had a longer bone or wooden handle. A child’s jaw harp was found in the same general area, as was a section of iron barrel band yesterday.”

The pieces were located in House E of the Southeast Rowhouse at Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City. 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of archaeology at Michilimackinac, making it one of the longest-running archaeology programs in North America. House E was first occupied by Charles Henri Desjardins de Rupallay de Gonneville, and later by an as-yet-unidentified English trader. This find continues an amazing streak of discoveries from the past few years in the root cellar, including ceramic vessels, tin-glazed earthenware, creamware plates, Chinese export porcelain, a mostly intact knife, and the handle of a sword, all uncovered during the 2018 season. The 2019 season, so far, has uncovered a large ceramic shard, a silver trade brooch, a large piece of feather creamware, an intact door hinge, an iron projectile point, and a mostly intact knife blade.