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Amazing discovery!!! from the bottom of a well at Jamestown

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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2011

In 2006 archaeologists working with the Jamestown Rediscovery project unearthed this nearly complete halberd or ceremonial polearm from the bottom of a square well. Fortunately for us this halberd provided us with a major clue as to when the well had been backfilled. While many of the artifacts found in the well helped us to date it, none was better than a halberd found in the bottom of the well bearing the heraldry of Lord De La Warre who arrived at Jamestown in June of 1610. This indicated to us that the fill above the halberd could not have been deposited in the well until after June of 1610. The well had likely been the second well created by the Jamestown colonists to serve James Fort's water needs. After the well was abandoned it was backfilled with an enormous amount of trash and or artifacts including this truly amazing find. Click here to donate https://education1.williamsburgmarket...

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