"yames Towne" Lead Tag

This small lead plaque, reading "Yames Towne," is the equivalent of a modern-day luggage tag. The plaque was probably marking some merchandise that had been warehoused in London before being shipped out to Jamestown. The odd "Y" spelling may suggest a German or Dutch origin for the goods as those languages represented "j"s with "y"s during this time period. This tag was one of the remarkable finds discovered in an early-17th century well just inside the northern bulwark of James Fort in the Summer of 2006. Read more »

Location:
Found inside the northern bulwark of James Fort in the Historic Jamestowne excavation.
Institution:
Historic Jamestowne