Pipes with personalized decoration found at Jamestown colony

400-year old smoking pipes bearing the names of their intended owners have been unearthed in Jamestown, Virginia (USA).

The pipes were probably made by professional pipemaker Robert Cotton between 1608 and 1610. Along with the names of colonists is that of Sir Walter Raleigh. It may have been made to showcase the Colony's pipemaking industry and curry favor back home.

The pipes were imprinted with printing type and may be the first example of printing in English America. [photos]