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Archaeologists Discover Evidence Of Connecticut’s Earliest English Colony

Posted by Jean-Yves on Nov 6, 2018

On the grounds of Wethersfield’s Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, archaeologists have discovered evidence of the oldest English colony in Connecticut.

In 2016, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum decided to add a new education and visitor center on the premises. To ensure the addition would not disturb any historically significant artifacts on the site, they hired the Public Archaeology Survey Team to conduct an archeological survey.

Ground-penetrating radar revealed three potential sites. Two were trash pits – one from the 19th century, the other from the early 20th century. Those sites yielded plenty of artifacts.

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The round-bottomed bottle is called a Hamilton bottle and was used for fizzy drinks like Ginger Beer or soda Water. They were pointed because, when the cork dried out, the air would escape, making the drink flat. If the bottle was stored on its side, the cork would stay wet, it wouldn’t shrink, thus, keeping it swelled and keeping the fizz in the drink. If anyone wants more information, please do drop me a line. By the way, was it marked in any way?

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