Pike Point

In early 17th century Massachusetts, every able-bodied male between 16 and 60 was required to attend militia drill once a month except during the harvest months of July and August. One of the main weapons for European armies at the time was the pike, a wooden pole about 16 feet long with a sharp metal point on the end.

Metal black object with sharp point.

NPS Museum Collections, SAIR 2251 / Emily Murphy

This 17th century pike point was excavated at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site at the site of the workshop of bladesmith and blacksmith Joseph Jenks. It may have been part of the equipment for the local militia unit.

Part of a series of articles titled Citizen Soldiers.

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Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

Last updated: June 28, 2022