Thursday, January 7, 2016

Curse Of The Axe

The mystery of how a 16th-century wrought iron axe-head ended up in a Pre-Contact Huron village is examined in this documentary narrated by The Band's Robbie Robertson.

A farmer's field awash in colorful flags, each marking a spot where an ancient artifact was found, illustrates the magnitude of the archaeological dig. Using the darkened earth where wooden postholes once stood, the team enters the coordinates for each spot into a computer program, and the village starts to take shape. Surrounded by a wooden palisade, several longhouses were built within, each about 100 feet long. Sifting through the dirt that was once the floors of these longhouses, stone axes, bone tools, and a small chunk of wrought iron were discovered, although contact with Europeans wouldn't happen for another century in this village in Ontario. If buried in a private place, this rusted piece of iron could be seen as evil. During the Dark Times of 1450, there were wars between tribes, which explains the discovery of a broken piece of human skull, a headless figure carved into it, fashioned into a macabre rattle. Through exchange with these warring tribes, the enigmatic piece of iron could have made its way into the woods of Canada.

Dry, repetitive, informative, and academic, Curse Of The Axe dwells mostly on the scientific aspects of the iron axe head, and less on a supposed curse, so those looking for disembodied, levitating axes dismembering their enemies should probably hunt elsewhere.

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