Material Culture Guides

Hawaiian Coral
Hawaiian coral excavated by Fort Vancouver archaeologists


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.

Last updated: December 12, 2017

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