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.