Friday, December 31, 2010

400 Year Old Pipes Found In Jamestown

I'm just a big fan of history and I saw this story and thought I'd repost it here. It's awesome how after these hundreds of years after the first permanent English colony in the US, we are still finding little treasures like this one.

Via Yahoo!/AP: Archeologists at Jamestown have unearthed a trove of tobacco pipes personalized for a who's who of early 17th century colonial and British elites, underscoring the importance of tobacco to North America's first permanent English settlement.

The white clay pipes — actually, castoffs likely rejected during manufacturing — were crafted between 1608 and 1610 and bear the names of English politicians, social leaders, explorers, officers of the Virginia Company that financed the settlement and governors of the Virginia colony. Archeologists also found equipment used to make the pipes.

Researchers believe the pipes recovered from a well in James Fort were made to impress investors and the political elite with the financial viability of the settlement. They are likely the rejects that failed to survive the ceramic firing process in a kiln.

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