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Early 17th-Century Pendant

This copper pendant was found sealed beneath the oldest of several working surfaces in the buried cellar of James Fort's 1607 experimental ironworking building. Bly Straube, Senior Curator at Historic Jamestowne suggests the object may depict a Virginia Indian in such detail that it could have been used in the fort as an identification badge. If this is a likeness of a Powhatan Indian, it is extremely rare, being one of only three known other than the 1580s drawings by the Roanoke (N.C.) colony leader, John White.

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