August 26, 2020
VMNH Research Technician Lucy Treado and VMNH volunteer Alicia Lantz are continuing to process artifacts from the Claremont Manor archaeological site, which is located along the James River in Surry County, Virginia.
Recently, they discovered a fragmented green glass seal among the artifacts. Alicia and Lucy gently pressed the seal into warm clay to create an impression that would minimize background noise and highlight the letters. They were able to identify the maker by scouring the web for similar design patterns.
Bottled water has been a popular choice of beverage dating back to the mid 16th century, when Europe began selling natural mineral waters.
(An interesting history of bottled water can be found at www.sodasandbeers.com/SABBottleHistoriesSoda.htm.)
This fragment of a Piermont Water bottle most likely dates back to when the James Allen family owned the estate, as similar artifacts were found in an area that is attributed to a store building referenced in a 1742 inventory of the Allen property.