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"Yames Towne" Lead Tag

This small lead plaque, reading "Yames Towne," is the equivalent of a modern-day luggage tag. The plaque was probably marking some merchandise that had been warehoused in London before being shipped out to Jamestown. The odd "Y" spelling may suggest a German or Dutch origin for the goods as those languages represented "j"s with "y"s during this time period. This tag was one of the remarkable finds discovered in an early-17th century well just inside the northern bulwark of James Fort in the Summer of 2006. Other artifacts found inside the well include a Scottish pistol, a halberd bearing the crest of Lord De La Warr, several Bartmann jugs, a child's shoe, and even a 400-year-old tobacco seed. To read more about the discoveries at the well, read July 2006's "Where are We Digging Now?"

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