That's part of the problem.I was reading Josephus a few weeks ago. Now he wrote a year or two before the invention of ml. Well more then a year or two, but anyway, he described Jerusalem and the second the second temple to a Roman audience after it had been destroyed.
He said it was made in marble. His is the only description we have outside of the Bible for this temple. We can say the only secular source we have, but we have archaeology.
There seems to have been no marble.
Although the ancients moved stuff around it looks like the temple was built of native limestone queried bear the site.
The only evidence we have of from an eyewitness is for marble, the only evidence we have on ground is from archaeology and they contradict each other.
Well then actually they have a foundation to a structure. Without documentation they are guessing it was a "tavern" based on bits and pieces of crockery and and pottery that were found, that it "must have been a tavern". It's just a guess from what they found so far.Some years ago in Harvard yard archaeologist discovered a tavern.
We have no documentation of this tavern. We don’t who ran it, how long it operated, if it was or wasn’t taxed. It’s just there.
First - short starters: They seem to come into use about the time of the Civil War or later. No one threw them in the river, BECAUSE they were not in use.
As to the L&C expedition: If the item could be documented to the period/location/person and was available, then there is a possibility it may have been used during the expedition. This isn't to say it WAS used, just that it is possible. That said, the gear & materials lists of what was known to have gone west are fairly extensive and since this was a military expedition, I'd surmise that things needed to be documented on some sort of purchase order.
The "because no one thought they were important enough, or lack of literacy or time and writing equipment by participants" is spurious, because much was documented in a wide variety of sources. We have very detailed descriptions of a wide variety of items/practices throughout history, and it stands to reason it was recorded somewhere. The more sources you do have describing a particular item or practice, the more robust the evidence. Historically, if it isn't documented then we must presume it did not exist UNTIL (or IF) evidence is found. Then the new evidence needs to be examined to determine if it is accurate and cross-checked with available evidence. This is why our goal is to portray COMMON practices/items, because the evidence is there.
Winning a bet..... "OG Bet me ZOG, I no can make round hole in antler. HA! Now he owe me two spear point!"I think about the cave man somethings. An antler with a hole in it. We don’t know what it was. Spear straightening tool, leadership symbol, bravery medal, end for a bull roarer, rope handle......