Step 1: Artifact analysis
- Give a physical description of the object.
- How big is it?
- What is it made of?
- Describe any unique aspects of this artifact.
- What are the colors?
- Are there movable parts?
- What’s printed on it?
- What are some possible uses for this artifact?
- Who might have used it?
- Where might it have been used?
- Why might someone want a tool like this?
- What does this artifact “tell” us?
- How does it explain the technology of the time period?
- What does it say about the people who may have used it?
- Why would someone from the city view this tool differently than someone from the country?
- How is this technology different today?
- What are the pros and cons to the technology of this artifact?
Paul M. Searls, Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Press, 2006
“Curtis Goddard’s ‘Little Speedy’ Corn Sheller,” Scientific American, 1877. http://www.americanartifacts.com Accessed August 6, 2007.
Catalogue of Agricultural and Horticultural Tools. Boston, MA: Joseph Breck & Son., n.d.
Ardrey, P.L., American Agricultural Implements. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, Inc, reprint 1973
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