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Artifacts found in Stockade put on display at SCCC

Archeologist Louise Basa shows a 3 inch 5 pound solid shot cannonball at left and a 4 inch 3 pound grenade unearthed during excavation at 32 Front St. that are now on display with other artifacts at Schenectady County Community College library. Pictured at lower left is an upper jaw of a calf from 1754-1760.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Archeologist Louise Basa shows a 3 inch 5 pound solid shot cannonball at left and a 4 inch 3 pound grenade unearthed during excavation at 32 Front St. that are now on display with other artifacts at Schenectady County Community College library. Pictured at lower left is an upper jaw of a calf from 1754-1760.
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When cannonballs dating back to the mid-1700s first were pulled from the ground at 32 Front St., they didn’t look much like cannonballs. Bulbous growths of insoluble salts had turned them irregular in shape, and pieces of limestone, glass and ceramic had become attached to them over the years. After a careful cleaning and conservation process, the baseball-sized balls of cast iron look much like you might imagine they did when they were first launched ...


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