Ring Fragment Found at Colonial Michilimackinac

A ring fragment with a bust was discovered at the archaeological dig at Colonial Michilimackinac this past Saturday, August 10.

“The ring was brass with a circular brass bezel, 7/16” in diameter,” said Dr. Lynn Evans, curator of archaeology for Mackinac State Historic Parks. “The bust was of an unknown person and unknown material, raised, and likely originally covered by a clear glass set. It was found near a support post under the floor of the house near the hearth.

“A circular clear glass set with a bust was found on the opposite side of the house in 2014,” Evans added. “It was a different figure and was an intaglio, a relief carving, rather than a raised figure.”

The piece was 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, as well as a large ceramic sherd, a silver trade brooch, a door hinge, a large piece of feather creamware and a serprent sideplate from a British trade gun already found in 2019.