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Gunflint or Biface from the Union Pacific Railroad Depot, 14DO324 - Page

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This artifact was recovered during excavations at the Union Pacific Railroad Depot in Lawrence, Kansas. It is either a biface or a gunflint made from either a chalcedony or quarried and manufactured in France, as is indicated by it's honey-yellow or blonde color. The edges show crushing and retouch. Gunflints were used to generate a spark in a flintlock musket or pistol and as strike-a-lights for lighting a fire. This site served not only as a depot, but also had dwellings, a meat market, a saloon, a possible boarding house or hotel, a grain elevator and other commercial buildings located within the project area excavated in 1995 by Kansas Historical Society archeologists.

Date: 1700-1869

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Item Number: 455892
Call Number: 14DO324-44
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 455892

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