Archaeological Finds--The book
- I don't remember seeing any notice of this book, though I may be wrong.
I just got _Archaeological Finds_ by Norena Shopland (Tempus Books)
from the History Book Club. It's a good idea that is rather spottily
done and incomplete. She has photos and line diagrams of a
hodge-podge of historical objects (all English) from the Stone Age to
at least the 18th century, along with a text that explains about the objects.
Shopland notes: "There is a vast literature dedicated to
archaeological artefacts. However, this information is generally
spread throughout a myriad of papers and monographs....there is no
unified publication that may aid them in identifying and dating
artefacts..." This is an attempt to remedy that, working from the
volumes of information collected. As such, it is a noble failure for
It's a great way to glance at a shape of an artifact (or
reproduction) and to estimate its date. There are also sections on
archaeological methods and such that are of a limited interest to
many reenactors; and it has a nice bibliography. Reviews note that it
is not an indispensable book and will never be a standard for the
discipline (at least in its current form), but I found it a very
handy resource for reenactors. I'd check a library to see whether you
or your unit might find it useful. It is also available through
Amazon and probably elsewhere. There is a section on gunflints that I
Shopland has a companion book--A Finds Manual--that seems infinitely
less useful for our purposes.