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Ax head excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

Object Number: 
INV.5924.578
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 5 1/2 in. ( 10.2 x 14 cm )
Description: 
Iron ax head excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
Gallery Label: 
This ax head was excavated on March 25, 1917 by Reginald P. Bolton, William L. Calver, and others before the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918, on Payson Avenue and 204th Street at the British camp on the Dyckman farm. The camp extended between Seaman and Payson Avenues and 204th Street in Washington Heights. Soldiers would have used the ax to cut wood for huts and fortifications.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1947
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group