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18th century brewery remains found at Va. college

By Brock Vergakis

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Sept. 1 2014 10:52 a.m. MDT

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, Colonial Williamsburg archaeologist work on a dig next to the Wren Building on the campus of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Archaeologists, who believe they may have found the remnants of a centuries old brewhouse, wrapped up the intensive excavation work on the site on Friday, and will now turn to laboratories to analyze everything they've found.

Steve Helber, Associated Press

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — College students have always had a taste for beer, and archaeologists have uncovered new evidence at the College of William and Mary to prove it.

The remains of what is likely an 18th century on-campus brewery were discovered just outside of the nation's oldest college building when campus officials were looking to widen a sidewalk.

School officials say the discovery near the Wren Building will allow them to tell a broader story about campus life in the Colonial era that involved the interaction of slaves, Native Americans, faculty and students.

Major excavation of the site wrapped up on Friday, and archaeologists now plan to perform a detailed lab analysis on some of what they've found. That includes searching for pollen in hopes that would've been used to make beer.

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