ARCHAEOLOGISTS in Warwick were more than happy when they hit a pipe.
Fortunately it was not of the water or gas variety – but a 17th century clay tobacco pipe.
The pristine pipe, which features a distinctive mulberry tree design on the bowl, was unearthed at Warwick’s Market Hall Museum during preparations for a £1million refurbishment.
It is believed the pipe, which still has some carbon residue inside the bowl, may even have been dropped by one of the original workmen on the site of the grade II listed building which was completed in 1670.
The revamp aims to make the museum more accessible, including the installation of a lift, and improve the experience for visitors.
It is set to re-open in February.