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18th century sealed bottles of cherries discovered under floor of George Washington's home

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Two glass bottles filled with centuries-old cherries were found hidden inside George Washington's historic home in Virginia.

Archaeologists made the discovery while conducting ongoing excavations as part of a major revitalization of the mansion, known as Mount Vernon. The bottles, which look like they were made in the 1740s to 1750s, were found buried beneath a brick floor that was laid in the 1770s, according to a Mount Vernon statement.

To help preserve the roughly 250-year-old glass bottles, researchers decanted their contents — including cherries, pits, stems and a "gooey residue" — into smaller vessels for future analysis,  The Washington Post reported.


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