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Franklin Court Mastodon Tooth (VCU_3D_2195)
This mastodon tooth was 3D scanned with a NextEngine 3D scanner at the Independence National Historical Park archaeology laboratory in Philadelphia, PA. The object’s catalog number is INDE 66583. The catalog entry for this item reads in part:
Identified in 1959 as perhaps being from the Paris Basin, France. However, may also be from Western Missouri Spring sites. The specimen belongs to either Zygolophodon Turicensis (Western Europe) or Mamut Americanum (North America, perhaps Grands-Osages River, Missouri). Found in basement of 316 Market Street, Franklin Court, Philadelphia, PA during plumbing work, 4 December 1959 (one of Franklin’s rental properties and later the home of William Duane, 1802-1809). According to his correspondence, Franklin owned a fossil mastodon tooth and other fossils (many sent to him in the late 1760s by George Groghan, an Indian agent in the territory that became Kentucky) when he lived in London intermittently from 1757 to 1775. Courtesy of Independence National Historical Park.
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