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A Curious Artifact: The Altering That means of the Roman Oil Lamp from Seventeenth-Century Jamestown, Virginia | July 2022 (126.3)


In 2006, a Roman oil lamp was scientifically excavated at Jamestown, Virginia, the earliest everlasting English settlement within the Americas. This examine explores why a Seventeenth-century traveler would carry this historic lighting vessel to the settlement and the way its uncommon double depositional historical past permits us to hint its altering which means over time. It additional demonstrates that the Jamestown lamp is the kind of object that appealed to British and European the Aristocracy as a curiosity based mostly on the inclusion of Roman lamps in nonetheless life work, collections, catalogues, and inventories.

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