Eight glass bottles recently unearthed may have been the wine cellar of a house dating from the close of the 1600s in Jamestown, Virginia. In fact, archaeologists suspect that the bottles belonged to Francis Nicholson, the Virginia governor who served from 1698 into the early 1700s and moved the capital from Jamestown, inland to Williamsburg. An "FN" seal on one bottle indicates that the bottle may have been in his wine cellar or perhaps the wine cellar of someone who received the bottle as a gift from Nicholson.
The shape of the bottles shows they were made between 1680 and 1700. The bottles will be removed and tested to see what residue remains of their contents. Archaeologists unearthed the bottles this week during excavation of James Fort, founded in 1607 and the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
These bottles give a glimpse into the lifestyles of our early American ancestors. You can read more about this discovery at http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-45049sy0jul16,0,7966183.story?coll=dp-headlines-topnews