Greetings to the list, and apologies, as always for cross posting.
The following web-site: http://nautarch.tamu.edu/CRL/Report10/requests.html,
shows four objects recovered from a vessel loss site in northeast Florida,
believed to be the Industry, colonially built and chartered by the British
Army in NY to supply the forts of Florida in 1764. I am hoping that someone
might be able to help with the identification of a few of the artifacts
recovered, as I sit down to write up the final report on the site. Any ideas
on use or comparative provenance would be most appreciated.
1) Marble object-no positive id as to intended use, (suggestions have been
made for base to an hourglass, mixing tray for medicine, or ink), any info or
suggestions would be welcomed.
2) Lead box-like object, may also have been used to cover the end of a square
timber-any info or ideas on id. Has been seen on several other British wrecks
and published in IJNA as a mystery object.
3) grindstone (misidentified as millstone on web page)-one of several on
wreck, any info on probable usage, as well as comparative data from other
wrecks would be most appreciated.
4)Several axe heads were recovered marked with the name "R Boyd" and crossed
axes. Any id, info on R Boyd as a toolmaker, or comparative info would be
I should mention the conservation webpage referenced is out of date. All
artifacts have completed their conservation at TAMU and are currently located
in archives in Tallahassee. St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, reportedly,
has plans in the works for final exhibit.
Thank you in advance. Best Regards, Marianne Franklin
Marianne Franklin, President & Director
Southern Oceans Archaeological Research, Inc.
PO Box 13512
Pensacola, Florida 32591 USA