Message #165: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Coronado's Field Camp 1540-1542 Date: Thu, 23 May 1996 15:17:59 -0701 (MST) Mime-Version: 1.0 From the Newsletter of the Albuquerque Archaeological Society May 1996: The exact route followed by Coronado in 1540-1542 is not known, but a recent archaeological discovery provides more information. Professor Donald Blakeslee of Wichita State University announced the recovery of crossbow bolt tips from a site in Blanco Canyon, east of Lubbock, Texas. Of all the Spanish expeditions in the Southwest, only Coronado's is believed to have been armed with crossbows. This site was located after researchers tracked down an elderly resident who had found a chain mail gauntlet in the 1950s. On the basis of the information he provided, Blakeslee contacted another man who had found the crossbow bolt tips with a metal detector. A site with more bolt tips was found, and it may be a place Coronado stopped with 1,500 people and 5,000 head of livestock for a winter encampment.