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April 25, 2006

“Something from the Cellar: More of This and That,” Features Collection of Essays Penned by Ivor Noël Hume

Ivor Noël Hume’s talents as a storyteller, as well as an archaeologist, inform the pages of “Something from the Cellar,” his second anthology of articles from Colonial Williamsburg, the journal of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

“Every one of his contributions has been memorable for its intelligence, wit and perception,” journal editor Dennis Montgomery said. “Most of all, distinguished by his informed imagination, and his way with ideas, as well as words.”

Just published by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the book showcases Noël Hume stories about such excavated objects, such as wine bottles, chamber pots and tobacco pipes, and mastodon bones. It also presents his insights on the history behind them.

There is a wealth of material on Williamsburg’s restoration, but the author ventures beyond to such places as Jamestown, the Fortress of Louisbourg in Canada, Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts, Historic St. Mary's City and London Town in Maryland, Fort St. George in Maine, and Williamsboro in North Carolina. “The life of an archaeologist is one of bits and pieces--a sliver of this and a shard of that,” Noël-Hume said.

Noël-Hume headed Colonial Williamsburg’s archaeology department for more than 30 years. His previous books include “Here Lies Virginia,” “Historical Archeology,” “All the Best Rubbish,” “Martin's Hundred,” “The Virginia Adventure,” “Shipwreck!” and “In Search of This and That”—his first journal anthology.

This book is available at WILLIAMBSBURG® Booksellers, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187 or on the web at for $17.95.

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