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Old Point headquarters project uncovers 17th century artifacts

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Construction on Old Point National Bank’s new headquarters should get underway this summer after archaeologists preserve 2,000 artifacts uncovered during the excavation of the bank’s new home in downtown Hampton. 

Bottle and ceramics fragments have been found at the site on Queen Street along with such features as two eighteenth-century cellars, two wells and a refuse pit dating from the 1700s.

“Old Point is going the extra mile in making sure that the archaeological features are protected,” said Nicholas Luccketti.  He’s a principal investigator and archaeologist for the James River Institute of Archaeology, which Old Point commissioned to excavate the site.  The James River Institute traced structures on the site to the early 1700s, with subsequent owners including James Barron, the first commodore of the Virginia State Navy.  A hotel was constructed on the site in 1894.

Old Point plans to donate the artifacts to several museums.  The bank, which plans a new five-story office, has 21 branches throughout Hampton Roads.

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