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    Fort Vancouver

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Material Culture Guides

Hawaiian Coral

Hawaiian coral excavated by Fort Vancouver archaeologists

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Material Culture Guides are documents created by Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to better analyze, research, and understand the artifacts and objects in our collection. Click the links below to download these documents.

 

Mini Nail Guide by Heidi Pierson (PDF, 927 KB)

This guide is used to classify and analyze nails in the collection.

Abundance of Coral and Coral Mortar in the Powder Magazine at Fort Vancouver, WA circa 1832 by Michael Lummio and Brian Tissot (PDF, 61 KB)

This guide describes the use of Hawaiian coral in the construction of Fort Vancouver's Powder Magazine, and the analysis of coral found by archaeologists during excavations in 2004.

Did You Know?

An HBC beaver trap from the collection at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

As the fur trade-era depot and headquarters for the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia Department, did you know that over 61,000 animal pelts were shipped from Fort Vancouver to England in 1843 alone? This and many other stories are interpreted at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. More...