Smoking a deer hide over a smudge pit. Photo: Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 86, Plate 75.
Hello everybody. It’s Joe Hearns here. Some of you might remember me from past field seasons during which I worked as part of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project crew. In addition to spending time at the Fort site and in the lovely city of Niles, I have been working towards completing a Masters thesis at Western Michigan University. My topic is an exciting one: BONES!
You can see by comparing to the size of the penicil, bones come in all
shapes and sizes. Even tiny bird bones (the three on the right)
are preserved at Fort St. Joseph. Photo: Joe Hearns
Raccoon mandible, maxilla, and possible
deer long bone. Photo: Joe Hearns
White-tailed deer rib with multiple
knife cut marks. Photo: Joe Hearns.