Possible colonial-era brew house unearthed at W&M

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Digging through the dirt to discover more about the past — that’s what’s going on in Williamsburg.

A huge archaeological dig is going on the historic campus of the College of William and Mary. The excavation in the yard of the 17th Century Wren Building was supposed to wrap up this summer. Then diggers found a central fire pit and started asking questions.

Photos: Archaeological dig at William & Mary

“Our best guess right now, and probably the most interesting guess, and we like to make interesting guesses, is a brew house,” said Andrew Edwards, the chief archaeologist on the project. “We know the college had a brew house from the very beginning. The basement of The Great Hall served as the kitchen, originally when the Wren Building was built in 1695.”

The dig is a joint project of the college and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. It began in 2011, but with the new discovery, it will continue for a few more weeks.


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