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Little Big Horn Survey

Posted by John Peeff on Sunday, 27 June 2010, at 8:34 p.m.

I read the archaelogical report of the survey done of the Custer battle site a few years back. A great read that puts a lot of myths to rest. It was done by professionals under the Park service auspices.Only the main part of the site was examined and this is about 1/3 of the total site. 1/3 of the site has been destroyed forever by modern building, roads,structures etc. Forensic tests of recovered shell casings showed the presence of 67 different Henry/Winchester repeaters in addition to at least 5 Spencers and a whole bunch of other breechloading cartridge from Ballards to Remingtons. I don't remember the exact number but there were a significant number of 50-70s identified.There was also a lot of 45-70 shell casings that were split that they attributed to being fired in 50-70 weapons. Another goal was to determine if the markers accurately depicted where the soldiers fell since the bodies were reburied at least three times before the final one in the 1890's. Remains of the types expected, small bones of the finger/foot were around all including one finger bone with a ring still on and a foot bone with part of a army shoe.One unexplained find. there are 17 more markers than Custer had men!


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