On November 6, 2014 Cultural Resource Program Manager, Eva Jensen working in the Great Basin National Park (USA) noticed an object leaning on a Juniper tree. Getting a closer look she discovered that the object was a rifle. Further inspection and research revealed that it was a Winchester Model 1873 Rifle.
The rifle leaning against the Juniper tree. The Great Basin National Park Facebook page has more great shots of the rifle
This story got me thinking about guns and gun parts that have been found on archaeology sites in Newfoundland and Labrador. Of course many sites in the province have cannons, cannon balls, discharged shell casings, gun flint and lead shot. But I was thinking more about hand-held guns, rifles and muskets etc.
Cannon found at Mortier during the Burin Peninsula Heritage Inventory (Barnable)
Gun Flints, copper casing found in Greenspond
For example, in 1998, Jacques Whitford Environment Limited…