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Cumberland Island,Camden,Georgia,United States
11mm (7/16") diameter
Small round bone button, with 5 holes drilled through a recessed central area for attachment. One incised circumscribed line on the front
plain flat back. The center hole is a remnant of the manufacturing technique, and such bone buttons may have been produced on-site by the slaves themselves. This is a smaller bone button than those typically though of as trouser buttons, and may have been intended for a child's or woman's blouse.
Robert Ascher and Charles H. Fairbanks, "Excavation of a Slave Cabin: Georgia, U.S.A." Historical Archaeology 5 (1971), pp.3-17.
Prof. Emeritus Robert Ascher, one of the principal excavators
Slave cabin on the Rayfield Plantation, excavated in 1969 in one of the first archaeological studies of slavery in the US.
Georgia Slave Cabin archaeological collection
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