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Pliers - Connor



This artifact is a pair of pliers that are made of iron. The pliers are about eight inches in length, two inches in width, and are an inch tall. The pliers have been identified by archaeologists at Fort Vancouver as cobblers pliers, specifically, lasting pliers, which are used for stretching shoe material over the shoe form.  The pair of pliers have a rectangular nub coming out from one side of the head of the pliers, which is used for hammering. The entire pair of pliers is deeply coated in rust, with spots of dark, worn metal showing through. The head of the pliers are much thicker than normal pliers, likely because they did not have the skill to make them smaller. On the inside of one of the handles, there is a  worn label identifying the artifact (likely for archaeologists to keep track of it). The pliers do have what looks to be like a hinge, but the hinge does not seem to function, but if it does function, it would likely need a decent amount of force to move, because I applied a small amount of force, and the pliers did not seem to budge. I identified this artifact to fall under two archaeological themes, the theme of technology / technological advancement and the theme of human effect on the environment. This artifact represents the archaeological theme of “Human Effect on the Environment” because for humans to get metal, they would need to mine into the ground, disturbing and affecting the surrounding environment. The reason the artifact would also apply to the archaeological theme of “Technology / Technological Change”  is because for this artifact to be made, human technology must have been advanced enough to have blacksmiths, and the blacksmiths must have had the tools/skills to craft hinges in their creations, and people had to have been able to mine deep enough to reach at least 3 miles below earth's surface (the minimum depth of iron) to the reach iron.

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