So I’m in Richmond every day this week to learn lab sorting and identification techniques with the Virginia Department of Historical Resources via the Archaeological Society of Virginia.
Yesterday’s morning lecture was on bottles and glass. I have links for you if you care enough to ask.
This was a cool find that was shown to us as an example. It was pulled from an assemblage of materials in the Richmond Port when the city built a flood wall. Evidently Richmond Port was quite the bustlin’ place, and there was a whole bunch of (basically) trash from all eras of the city’s existence.
When I look at these old things, I am struck with the “ghost” of the person who made it, or wore it, or last drank from it. Who was that person? What was their story? What paths did this object travel to come to be utilized in the life the user led?
And Bert sent me an appropriate link:
What drunken sailor threw this Richmond Beer bottle in the port?