Object Description Draft


This object is round with about a diameter of two and a half inches, and no more than a .5 centimeter width, and is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. From the top down, the circle becomes slightly broken at the bottom possibly due to erosion, and at the top, it is also slightly bent. The objects consists of two sides: the front and the back.

The Front

On the front, the color is an “army green,” with microscopic brown spots that appear more frequently near the edges of the object. The color is not the original color, but is due to the lack of preservation because it was underground years prior to excavation. Near the center of the object is a spot of built-up rust with a length of about 1 cm. This area pops out of the object for about two millimeters. It is made out of a tough metal that shows signs of aging and rust, although is still strong.

The outer edge of the object slightly pops out for about 1 millimeter. The object displays a bald eagle on the front with the eagle looking to the side so only one eye is visible. The neck of the eagle is about 1 centimeter long and the texture of the hair on the eagle’s neck is very fine, but as the neck reaches the body, the texture becomes less fine. The body of the eagle slightly leans to its left with its left wing larger than its right. The right wing is about 1 centimeter wide and 2 centimeters tall, whereas the left wing is about 1.5 centimeters wide and 1.5 centimeters tall. Following the body, there are two legs that slightly pop out more compared to the body. The legs are relativity smooth compared to the texture of the rest of the eagle. The eagle’s right foot consists of four toes holding three arrows pointing upwards. The arrows are about 1.5 centimeters long and the bottom arrow is faded more than the top arrow. The left foot is holding a tree branch. The branch is very faded compared to the arrows. Between the legs is the area of built-up rust.

The Back

In the center of the object there is a bald-eagle

Front of belt buckle


Back of belt buckle–shows signs of decay



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