Natural History Objects
Several natural history artifacts were collected during the archeological excavations of the early 1970s at the site of Fort Stanwix in Rome, New York. Some of these materials were easily and accurately identified, but others were misidentified at the time of their collection. Archeologists study the material culture that humans leave behind and generally, do not have the knowledge to accurately identify geological specimen. The geologic objects uncovered by NPS archeologists can be grouped into three categories of curiosities, building materials, and sediments. The following describes two of the more interesting and uncommon curiosities.