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Jane Austen’s Childhood Home Excavated

Monday, January 14, 2013

STEVENTON—An excavation in Hampshire, England, has uncovered the brick foundations of Jane Austen’s birthplace. She was born in the isolated village in 1775, and lived there until she was 25, when the family moved and the house was demolished. Pottery, china, storage jars, wine glass stems, and clay pipes recovered from the site indicate that the family was not wealthy. “You get the impression they were a hard-working family—they were into the good life,” said project director Debbie Charlton.