A tip of a Mexican sword was discovered during excavations at the south gate of the Alamo Mission in Texas (USA), famous for the 1836 battle during the Texas Revolution. The artefact is believed to be a part from a sword issued to a officer in the Mexican infantry. It is dated to about 1835, one year before the known battle.
Experts from the Texas Institute and Museum of Military History identified the artefact as a French-manufactured briquet. A similar sword part was found in the the excavation of Main Plaza in 2007. Earlier, the excavators announced discovering of more than 300 artefacts in the area near the Alamo’s west wall. The finds included imported European ceramics, a button made from animal bone, fragments from a tooth brush and square nails. The latest find will soon be prepared for curation the UT-San Antonio Center for Archaeological Research.