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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: Sword

    Oct 03, 2018

    I-0163a Sword Filipino Materials: Cloth/Metal This sword is a dress sword for the Philippine Constabulary, but was found here in Texas. This sword, though it is from the Philippines, represents an interesting time in American history, the Spanish American war [...]

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  • Object: Quilt

    Oct 02, 2018

    2014.5.1 Quilt African- American United States 1950-1959 Materials: Cloth/Thread/Cotton This object is a quilt, made in the 1950s, in the African- American tradition of quilt-making.   An appraiser from Antiques Roadshow was able to identify it based on the style, construction, [...]

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  • Object: Toy

    Oct 01, 2018

    I-0482n Stuffed Animal American United States of America Early 20th Century (1950’s) Materials: Faux Fur, Cloth, Stuffing Just as there are human celebrities, there is also animal celebrities. You may have  heard of the animal celebrity depicted by this object. [...]

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  • Object: Compass

    Oct 01, 2018

    I-0356g Compass replica Date: Unknown Origin: American Material: Wood, Iron and Ceramic Exploration is how many countries were born, without exploration we would not have the United States, we would not have the technologies, foods or even cultures that we [...]

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  • Object: Passport

    Oct 01, 2018

    2014.3.13 Passport British United Kingdom 1920 Materials: Paper With the United States often being called the ‘Melting Pot’ of the world, Texas could certainly be called the ‘Melting Pot’ of the United States! For years people from all over the [...]

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  • Object: Staff

    Sep 27, 2018

    2013.13.9 a-f Crosier (Staff) Metal, Gold Plate, Gemstone This object is a staff that was used by Bishop John (Kallos) of Amorion of the Greek Orthodox Church. This particular staff is called a crosier which is a stylized staff that [...]

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  • Object: Retablo

    Sep 27, 2018

    Object Number: I-0083d Object Name: Retablo Material: Tin & paint Date: Unknown This object is a painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe on a tin surface. This type of painting is also called a retablo. A retablo also referred to [...]

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  • Object: Loom

    Sep 25, 2018

    Photo via: WDICT I-0230a Back-strap Loom Latin American Mexico Date: 20th century Materials: Wood, textile   Weaving has been a valuable art practiced around the world for thousands of years, across many cultures. Although now widely replaced with mass production [...]

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  • Object: Tobacco Press

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0046d Tobacco Press American Tampa, FL Date: 1870-1969 Material: Metal This hand crank operated tobacco press was used in the processing of tobacco leaf. The imprinted trademark reads “Gulf Iron WKS. Tampa, FLA. The Miller, Dubrul & Peters MFG. Co., [...]

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