Excavations as 44FX0704 have been very productive so far. CART is beginning to find some amazing artifacts including this nearly complete tobacco pipe bowl with “T D” maker’s mark. Research done for another project by colleague, friend, and material culture guru, Victoria Roberson found that variations of this mark have been found on pipes from the mid-eighteenth through early-twentieth century. The original maker may have been Thomas Dormer of London or Bristol pipe-maker Thomas Dennis.
And here is the most recent cool find from the site, a bottle seal with the initials “P.W.” This one may be highly significant as far as dating the site and ascribing deposits to an individual. Upon discovery, Aimee Wells immediately said “P.W., Peter Wagener.”
Wagener owned the land from which the town was created. He originally came from England, near the English Town of Colchester. This association accounts for the naming of our Colchester, here in Fairfax, Virginia. Interesting, Colchester, England has some pretty interesting archaeology of its own dating back to Roman times.
We look forward to seeing all of you at site.