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Harding notes that casting seams may suggest a 17th century date and misaligned mould blocks were common. Reference: Harding, D. Foresight Books, London. This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it. If the file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file. The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.
My next find was a musket ball - a usual find at any tavern site. Taverns were frequented by soldiers all the time during any time period, whether it was war or peace. Nikolai's first find - the 18th century Naval officer's belt buckle described above, was also an evidence to that. Perhaps, after the Swedes were dislodged from this land in the early 18th century, this place continued to be a popular hangout. This one was 15mm in diameter. It would be impossible either to date a musket ball by just measuring its diameter or determine whether it was a musket ball or a pistol shot.
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Dating musket balls
They often went virtually unanalysed, tucked away at the back of a finds report and warranting only a fleeting mention. However, the growth of battlefield and conflict archaeology has led to a wave of new research that is rapidly changing our view of these little objects, and what they can tell us about momentous events in the past. A hoard of 2, lead bullets illegally metal detected at Ballymore, Co.