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Whiskey Bottle Excavated in Anacostia

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ca. 1970
glass, liquid, paint, plastic
4 × 3 1/2 × 2 1/4 in. (10.2 × 8.9 × 5.7 cm)
In the early 1980s, archaeologists excavated land along Howard Road, SE before construction began on the Anacostia Metro Station in southeast Washington, DC. Objects unearthed in the excavation revealed nearly 10,000 years of human settlement in the area. Among their discoveries was a glass bottle that once held Old Taylor, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The bottle’s design features “Old Taylor” in curved capital letters on the front and a plastic cap. It hails from the early 1970s, as the “bourbon boom” was ending, forty years past Prohibition.
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