This corroded iron gun trigger was found at an Early Historic period site in Roanoke County in the Blue Ridge. Virginia Indians manufactured and used ornaments and tools made from traditional materials alongside those that they obtained from Europeans. Native copper was highly valued in Virginia Indian exchange systems throughout the Late Woodland period. This is one reason why European sheet copper and iron became an important trade item for Virginia Indians and colonists during the seventeenth century. This artifact in particular originated from a snaphaunce, an English-lock firearm. The snaphaunce was manufactured and used in Europe as early as 1580 and was among the first firearms brought to Virginia by the colonists. (Photo enhanced)
1600 - 1700 C.E.
Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA
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