by TrogloPundit | December 31, 2010 6:01 pm
Jamestown unearths 400-year-old pipes for patrons
RICHMOND, Va. — Archeologists at Jamestown have unearthed a trove of tobacco pipes personalized for a who’s who of early 17th century colonial and British elites, underscoring the importance of tobacco to North America’s first permanent English settlement.
Naturally, the rabidly right-wing Associated Press ignores this evidence of social and cultural evil and couches the story as some sort of important historical find:
The white clay pipes – actually, castoffs likely rejected during manufacturing – were crafted between 1608 and 1610 and bear the names of English politicians, social leaders, explorers, officers of the Virginia Company that financed the settlement and governors of the Virginia colony…
Big Business! Big Finance!
The find comprises more than 100 pipes or fragments. More than a dozen are stamped with diamond shapes and inscribed with the names or initials of luminaries including explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, who dispatched the colonists to the territory he named Virginia. He also is credited with popularizing tobacco in England and is said to have smoked a pipe just before being executed for treason in 1618.
He was a smoker and a traitor! Coincidence?
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