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breastplate recovered from Jordan’s Journey
near Hopewell, Virginia
|Although fragments of breastplates are fairly frequently encountered on
Virginia archaeological sites, it is rare to come across a
complete example. Sheet steel or iron that has been in the ground
near a tidal river for several hundred years is often in poor condition when recovered by archaeologists. Armor fragments are covered with such thick layers of corrosion that they are almost
unrecognizable, and very little of the original metal is present under the
layers of corrosion.
These examples have been carefully stabilized in the DHR conservation
laboratory.The breastplate was perhaps the most
important piece of the pikeman’s suit and the section that needed to
be fitted to the individual wearer most carefully. As a result, a considerable amount of variability in size and shape of breastplate
sections is represented.
In addition to the necessity of approaching
sites in Virginia, such as
Whole breastplate from a
Major section of a