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  • Object: Iron

    Oct 04, 2018

    2013.16.1 Iron Hungary Materials: Metal, Wood This object is a charcoal iron from Hungary. A charcoal iron is an early version of a modern clothes iron that we use today. The reason it is called a charcoal iron is, because [...]

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  • Object: Doll

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0079j Wooden Doll American 1911 – 1928 Materials: Wood, Paint, Cloth, Thread,  & Metal Portrait of Albert Schoenhut. Photo via German Historical Institute. This object is Schoenhut Wood doll made by German immigrant Albert Frederick Schoenhut sometime between 1911 and [...]

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  • Guest Post – Archeologists Find Early Budweiser Bottle and Learn More about The German roots of Houston’s First Neighborhood

    Oct 04, 2018

    This week’s blog details a 19th century glass artifact – an early incarnation of a Budweiser beer bottle – discovered by archeologists in what is known as one of downtown Houston’s first neighborhoods, Frost Town. The details presented here by [...]

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  • Object: Yoke

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0060yy Yoke Norway Materials: Wood Man carrying water using a yoke. Image by Paul Hamilton, via Wikimedia Commons. This object is an ox yoke made out of wood. A yoke is a wooden beam used to help carry or pull [...]

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  • Guest Post – An unusual object found by TxDOT in northeast Texas

    Oct 04, 2018

    This blog post is provided by the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Archeology Section, which discovers archeological evidence of human culture throughout the state when building roads. The blog details new and exciting Caddo findings in northeast Texas where TxDOT [...]

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  • Object: Washboard

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0093a Washboard ca. 1920 Materials: Wood, Glass This object is a washboard, which was used to wash clothes. Before there were a washing machines and dryers to clean and dry our clothes a washboard and a clothesline were everyday household [...]

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  • Object: Sword

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0230l Saber American 1860-1898 Materials: Leather, Metal, Wire This object is a US Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber. This model of saber was used during the American Civil War and the Indian Wars by dragoons, mounted riflemen, and cavalry regiments [...]

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  • Object: Scythe

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0376a Scythe 19th – 20th century Materials: Iron and wood Man harvesting grain with scythe. Image by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-40790-0001 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. The scythe has been around for centuries. Scythes are used as a tool for [...]

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  • Object: Rock art reproduction

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0603a Rock Painting reproduction Native American Langtry, TX. Materials: Stone, Red Paint This is a reproduction of a piece of cave art found at Bonfire Shelter in Eagle Cave near Langtry, Texas. Eagle cave is located in Mile Canyon, commonly [...]

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  • Object: Indulgence

    Oct 03, 2018

    I-0291h6 Indulgence Catholic 1967 Materials: Paper/Paint Dante between Purgatory and Florence by Domenico di Michelino, 1465. Image via Wikimedia Commons. This object is a plenary indulgence, which is a religious document used by the Catholic church. Indulgences are used to [...]

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