I'm sorry to hear your at the hospital, hope all is well. I couldn't agree with you more but many times I have found artifacts within a camp that defy logic and causes one to dig deeper for answers. I would be curious as to where Steve get his information about the picture of the powder flask belonging to Quantrill. This hits home and being that I'm from Kansas it carry's a special meaning.
Sorry...should have clarified........I'm at the hospital on Saturdays as my wife teaches child birth classes and I help her set up for the classes...........so thanks...but I'm okay!
Archeology can be speculative as you know and often difficult to unravel...."did the items occur in this spot at approximate the same time....or did they drop here over decades?"
I have a friend who has gambled his reputation on a dig under the "City of David" in Jerusalem and is facing huge opposition from a world wide Jewish and Christian communities over a book he wrote defending the concept that the second Jewish Temple was actually located in the City of David rather than the nearly two thousand year tradition that it was located on the Temple Mount. .
..............which brings me to a specific question in your own experience. Have you ever experienced where "tradition" concerning a location comes into contradiction with evidence found?............hope you understand my feeble attempt to ask the question.