Revolutionary War Artifacts

Conservators at the MAC Lab have just completed the treatment of several artifacts recovered from excavations at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. These objects are believed to be from the 1777-1778 winter encampment of a Continental Army brigade. Among the artifacts conserved are a knife, two bayonets, an iron belt axe (tomahawk), and several pewter regimental buttons. Because no fighting occurred at Valley Forge during the American Revolutionary War, archaeologists at the site believe they are seeing evidence of weapon maintenance and possible military training. Early this week, the conserved artifacts were returned to Valley Forge to be put on exhibit at the Washington Memorial Chapel, the site of the encampment excavations.

Bayonet before treatment

Bayonet after treatment

*Interested in information about the regimental buttons found at Valley Forge? Check out Curator’s Choice archives.