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The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral State
Oil on canvas
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Convex blade that narrows at middle into rectangular socket at back.
This ax head was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse deposit near a military camp and fort at Richmond, Staten Island. Built after the arrival of British forces under General William Howe in July, 1776, the fort was occupied by British and Hessian troops until evacuation in 1783. The ax was probably used to cut wood for huts and fortifications.
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