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Jamestown unearths 400-year-old pipes for patrons

Jamestown unearths 400-year-old pipes for patrons

Archeologists at Jamestown have unearthed a trove of tobacco pipes personalized for the colony's elite and its English financial backers of North America's first permanent English settlement.
The white clay pipes were crafted between 1608 and 1610 and were recovered from a well in James Fort.
The pipes bear the names of English politicians, social leaders, explorers, officers of the Virginia Company that financed the settlement and governors of the Virginia colony.
Researchers believe the pipes were made to impress investors and the political elite about settlement's financial viability.
The discovery casts lights on the social, political and economic network behind the Jamestown venture that started in 1607. It also underscores the importance of tobacco to the settlement.


Updated : 2021-06-20 13:57 GMT+08:00