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The Bertrand discovery challenged archaeologists who rushed to save an incredible variety of artifacts, from farm and mining tools to shawls and toys -- and even five kegs of butter.


See "The Bertrand’s Voyage into History" by Ronald Switzer, who supervised recovery of the artifacts.  Read more >>

Much can be learned about life on the Western frontier from the largest collection of Civil War-era artifacts.

An editorial team from American Heritage was given an exclusive look behind the scenes at the remarkable materials recovered from the Bertrand. This extraordinary treasure of 200,000 items is the largest collection of Civil War-era artifacts ever found. Read more >>

For nearly three centuries men have speculated on its mysterious inscription

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