Discoveries In The Lab

In archaeology, all kinds of groovy things can be “unearthed” in the lab as well as in the field. While carefully looking through excavated material that had been water screened (using water to sift soil through a small-mesh screen in order to separate out very small objects), our archaeologists from the Smith’s St. Leonard site discovered some interesting (and very tiny) things; straight pins, seed beads and, most recently, pieces of metal thread. Metal thread is made by winding tiny ribbons of metal around a single piece of thread and, in the 17th and 18th centuries, was used to sew intricate details onto clothing. These fragments of thread are truly teeny and, only through the diligence (and excellent eyesight) of our Park archaeologists, do we have the opportunity to study this finery from the Smith’s site.

For more interesting information about metal threads, click here.

Searching through tiny objects

And searching…and searching

Metal thread under magnification


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