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Determining Battle Lines: a pXRF study of lead shot from the Battle of Palo Alto.

Author(s): michael seibert ; John Cornelison ; Rolando Garza ; Sara Kovalaskas ; Bruce Kaiser

Year: 2016

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In 2012-2013, the Southeast Archeological Center undertook a project to analyze the chemical composition of the lead shot recovered from their recent archaeological surveys at Palo Alto National Historical Park, site of the first battle of the U.S.-Mexican War. Using a portable x-ray fluorescence machine, 771 lead shot samples were analyzed in order to ascertain whether there was a difference in the chemical makeup between the lead shot that had been previously identified, using traditional techniques such as measured caliber size, as Mexican and American in origin. This paper will outline the findings of that study, their impact on the interpretation of the Battle of Palo Alto, and the benefits of pXRF and similar technologies as tools in battlefield research.

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Determining Battle Lines: a pXRF study of lead shot from the Battle of Palo Alto.. michael seibert, John Cornelison, Rolando Garza, Sara Kovalaskas, Bruce Kaiser. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434466)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 185

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America