This object is round with about a diameter of two and a half inches, no more than a .5 centimeter width, and is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Although the object is light in weight, compared to modern belt buckles it is heavy with a weight of about 5 oz. 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.
For reference points, I will refer to the side of the object with as the eagle the front and the top of the object will be the eagle’s head.
The Front (Side with eagle)
On the front, the color is an “army green,” with tiny dirt brown spots that appear more frequently near the edges of the object. The color perhaps is not the original color 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.
Going from the top down, the object displays a bald eagle on the front with the eagle looking to the side so only one eye is visible. Above the head there is a small bump that; however, it stops before reaching the head. The head consists of two main parts: the eye and the beak. As the eagle is looking to the side, its beak consists of about half the size of its head. The head is fairly smooth with not as much texture compared to the rest of the object. Going down, 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 more spread out. The body of the eagle slightly leans to its left with its left wing is 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 much more faded compared to the arrows. Between the legs is the area of built-up rust.
Around the eagle consists of the army green color. The object shows signs of wear due to many broken marks on the object. Also, the bottom of the front is broken off with about 2 centimeters long broken off; however, it only goes inward for about 1.5 millimeters. Compared to the back of the object, the front is much more preserved, which shows that there might have been some chemical involved in the preservation process that treated the front but not the back.
The back of the object does not consist of as much detail as the front of the object because it was most likely the part that attached to the belt. The color of the back consists of many different shades of grey and also some rust. It has a very rough surface texture that is similar to the texture of a limestone rock. There are two parallel spots of rust on the object that show where the the buckle would attach to the belt. There are multiple signs of chipping that show that the back of the object was not treated with a preservative compared to the front which is much more in-tact. Also, there are many “crater-like” markings on the back, which contribute to the rough texture.
The smell of the object smells similar to that of a rock. There are no significant differences between the smell of a rock and the object.
When flicked, the object has a strong feel to it and holds a lot of the sound and vibrations within itself.