Bullets and Stuff

    Thirty-five bullets, ranging in size from about 25 caliber to larger than 50 caliber; make up about 15 percent of the lead pieces we have recovered. Most of the bullets are unfired, but some show impact damage. As with examples found at other early pueblos, many of the bullets have deep marks made by human teeth, an astounding fact that will likely never be fully explained. Bullets cast from iron and bronze also have been recovered at the pueblo.

    Along the top of this photograph are bullets, both fired and unfired: In the middle are two small-caliber bullets still attached to the pouring sprues. In the bottom left corner are a double- sided bronze bullet mold and a copper cross-bow bolt (dart point). The mold (broken on one end) was capable of forming twenty-six bullets in one pouring. Three sizes could have been made, two with tapering points. It is a good guess that the mold was deliberately broken by the Indians during the revolt in 1680.

    The heavily rusted iron tool (bottom center), with handles similar to modern-day pliers, was found 4 inches under the ground with a metal detector. It seems likely that it also could be a bullet mold, although it’s terrible state of disrepair precludes any positive description. In the bottom right corner of the photograph are two stone flints of the type used to produce a firing spark in the Spanish rifles.

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