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Sifting History
Photograph by Robert Clark, artifacts courtesy APVA Preservation Virginia

A tray of washed artifacts strained from a pit in the fort testifies to life at Jamestown between 1610 and 1640 (clockwise from upper left): English flint used as ballast in supply ships and to light fires; shells of Chesapeake oysters that fed the colonists; wrought iron nails for building; clay tobacco pipes along with European pottery and scrap copper reworked into ornaments for the Indians; the butchered remains of imported pigs, Eastern box turtles and sturgeon; and coral from the West Indies, a popular stopping point for transatlantic voyages.

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