Spanish Artifacts

A few Spanish Artifacts that were found in Utah. I will post information on each one as soon as I get a chance, but for now just enjoy the pictures. :)

This cannon ball was found by my brother on the foothills above Pleasant Grove.

This amulet was found at Iron Springs west of Cedar City, Utah along the Old Spanish Trail. The amulet is believed to have been from the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition that camped at the springs in 1776. You can see it in the San Rafel museum in Castle Dale, Utah. 

A rock and mortar pestle. The handiwork of early Spanish explorers who were evidently the first to discover gold-bearing deposits in the Henry Mountains. It was found near Straight Creek on the east flank of Mt. Pennell, Two miles above the gold mine operated early in the nineteenth century. The slab is of ignious rock into which the mortar grooove was cut approx. 1x3 feet and the groove is about 4 inches wide and approx. 4 inches deep in the center of the sloping cut. The hand powered pestle was pushed through the groove in the mortar by inserting the thumbs in the end holes with the fingers firmly grasping the ends of the pestle. 

Owned by Mr. Kay Hunt. Photo gift of Walter B. Coltam. 

Digital Image © 2008 Utah State Historical Society. All Rights Reserved. 


Anonymous said...

You have inspired me to look at the old spanish trail i have lived near my whole life now, just maybe i'll explore it.

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Anonymous said...

I also found similar ball near same place I thought it was a cannonball till I did more research please look up " mill ball", as there was a lot of mining in said area

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