Artifact Spotlight — Candle Holder

Kristi Nichols, Director of Archaeology, Collections and Historical Research
November 5, 2019
Circular artifact thought to be a candlestick holder
Approx. Date of Artifact: 18th — 19th Centuries

During the excavations just outside of the Long Barrack, this circular artifact was encountered approximately 27 to 31 inches below the surface.

The green tinge on the artifact indicates that it was constructed of a copper alloy metal, potentially brass or bronze. It is possible that this artifact could have been the base to a candlestick holder. It may even date back to the mission period.

A very similar artifact is included in a field guide produced by the Texas Archeology Society concerning Spanish Colonial artifacts, which is housed at the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, Texas.