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Old 05-19-2017, 10:29 AM
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Default Found a Musket Ball With Blood on it

Not my find but with were I live it is local. I've been to the battlefield before and would love to be able to hunt the battlefield. I have met people on the team that have access to the battlefield and they have a lot of stories. Only bad thing is that you dont get to keep what you find.

http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf...tifact_fr.html

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Old 05-19-2017, 11:44 AM
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Doesn't sound too convincing since it can give false readings if the ground contains iron. That is most places where humans have lived.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:49 AM
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That's a different type of testing that looks for iron that is what the police use. The article specifically says this one looks for a specific protein in human blood

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"Gallery: Musket ball tests positive for human blood"

WHAAAAT? You mean a place there was a battle, somebody got SHOT!? What the heck!



seriously though, I'm willing to bet there's more than a few musket balls that get pulled that would test positive. I would say, it wouldn't surprise me, at least.

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Its interesting , but I suspect something is not quite right. 200 years in the ground and protein from human blood can still be identifiable ???? I may be wrong , but that just dont seem possible.

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Its interesting , but I suspect something is not quite right. 200 years in the ground and protein from human blood can still be identifiable ???? I may be wrong , but that just dont seem possible.
Unless the lead ball was deformed and trapped some material within the deformation. That's very plausible.
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Originally Posted by Skippy SH13 View post
"Gallery: Musket ball tests positive for human blood"

WHAAAAT? You mean a place there was a battle, somebody got SHOT!? What the heck!



seriously though, I'm willing to bet there's more than a few musket balls that get pulled that would test positive. I would say, it wouldn't surprise me, at least.

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On an excavation on April 16, 2016, member Bill Hermstedt of South River found a musket ball that captured Sivilich's attention. It had on it what appeared to be an impression of fabric, suggesting it hit a human.

The group sent off that musket ball, along with three other types of shot, to Paleo Research Institute, a lab in Golden, Colorado, to examine the items for human blood.

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Originally Posted by ohiochris View post
Its interesting , but I suspect something is not quite right. 200 years in the ground and protein from human blood can still be identifiable ???? I may be wrong , but that just dont seem possible.
This is what I was thinking also. But I'll leave it to the experts. If they say so.

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