Efforts of a Virginia Tradesman 1670s

Efforts of a Virginia Tradesman 1670s (HMB8Q)

Location: Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 12.444', W 76° 46.585'

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The early English settlers came to Virginia looking for gold, silver, and precious gems, but never found them. Some of the artifacts they left behind, however, are highly valuable to the archaeologists who excavated Jamestown centuries later.

One such artifact lay in the ruins of a structure built for Ann Talbott around 1660, and later owned by George Marable. The building had a floor paved with brick and a substantial seven by three foot hearth with connected oven. It may have been a dwelling or workshop used for light industry like commercial brewing or baking.

The unusual artifact that impressed archaeologists is a simple pewter spoon found in the yard. Although only the handle survived, its 1675 maker's mark identified it as the work of Joseph Copeland, a craftsman who worked 30 miles down river from Jamestown at Chuckatuck.

The spoon handle is the oldest, dated pewter artifact of North American origin in existence.
HM NumberHMB8Q
Placed ByColonial National Historic Park
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 2:22pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 342364 N 4119358
Decimal Degrees37.20740000, -76.77641667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 12.444', W 76° 46.585'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 12' 26.64" N, 76° 46' 35.10" W
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Area Code(s)757, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1365 Colonial National Historic Pkwy, Williamsburg VA 23185, US
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