Archaeology project uncovers remains of 18th-century frontier store (NY)





FORT EDWARD, N.Y. When colonial soldiers had some down time, they often occupied themselves with two of the few diversions from frontier duty -- drinking and smoking.

Along the banks of the upper Hudson River, an archaeology project has uncovered 250-year-old evidence of a site where soldiers did plenty of both during the French and Indian War.
Numerous artifacts -- including bottles and clay pipes -- have been found at what's believed to be the site of a sutler's store that stood outside Fort Edward, once home to the largest British military outpost in North America.
That's according to archaeologist David Starbuck, who's overseeing the excavation work.
Sutlers were military contractors who sold items -- including alcohol and tobacco -- sought by soldiers but not provided by the army.

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