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Stirrup - Norah

The stirrup artifact is a rusty curved triangle with a spot on the top for leather to loop through. The bottom of the stirrup is flat platform that is wider than the rest of the sides. It’s not that heavy for a chunk of rusty metal. They would attach a stirrup to either side of a saddle using leather. The stirrup was used for holding people on the horse while riding it, rather than wrapping their legs around the horse’s stomach, they could put their feet in the stirrup which would require less effort. This artifact could be meaningful to the owner because it might have helped the person travel around the fort or go exploring. Back in the day there were two main ways to travel over land, by foot or by horse. Riding a horse would be a much easier way to explore miles around, rather than running place to place. Another way this could have been meaningful would be the fact that they made it. This stirrup may have belonged to a blacksmith at the time. This is possible because the blacksmiths worked with metal, and sold the goods that they made. Some of the archaeological themes that apply would be the Technology/Technological Change, Exploration, and Transportation. The Technology / Technological Change theme was chosen because the stirrup showed that the people at the time had a way to make it easier to ride horses by inventing the stirrup. Exploration was a good choice because the people who explored the west coast at the time used horses, and the stirrup was was used to ride horses. The Transportation theme relates to the stirrup because people back then would rather ride a horse than walk everywhere. This artifact could be found around the blacksmith’s shop because they made stirrups, or around one of the houses because the stirrup might have belonged to someone who had a horse.