New discoveries are always exciting and make history come to life. Camp Floyd has over 250 boxes of items from archeological digs at Camp Floyd which took place every summer preformed by Brigham Young University from the 1980’s to the early 90’s. These items are still being cataloged today.
Within these boxes there are over 100 boxes of faunal bone, remains of what the soldiers ate at Camp Floyd. These are mostly cow bones, but includes the bones of other birds and small mammals. Using these materials, researchers can determine not only what the soldiers ate, but how these animals were butchered between 1858 and 1861.
The faunal bones are being moved from storage at Utah State Parks to a military repository at Fort Douglas. At Fort Douglas, the faunal remains will be able to be preserved with better storage conditions.
Some of the items are being rehoused to better storage containers. When rehousing the materials we discovered the remains of this bone brush handle. The brush was initially missed and considered to be just another rib bone.
If you look closer you can see where the bristles were once attached and what looks like a D and F etched into the bone. There are several soldiers with these initials and ownership cannot be determined.
Certainly an exciting object to add to the collection!