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HomeNewsJamestown Rediscovery Archaeologists Highlight Finds of 2012 Season during Virginia Archaeology Month at Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeologists Highlight Finds of 2012 Season during Virginia Archaeology Month at Historic Jamestowne

Commemoration Includes Special Walking Tours, Children's Activities, Historic Trades Demonstrations, Special Glasshouse Programs and Open House at Historic Green Spring

October 8, 2012

Diptych Dial Being Excavated in an Early James Fort Cellar
Diptych Dial Being Excavated in an Early James Fort Cellar
Front and Back Images of the Diptych Dial
Front and Back Images of the Diptych Dial
On Virginia Archaeology Day at Historic Jamestowne on Oct. 13, Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists showcase highlights of 2012. Archaeologists unearthed the lower leaf of an ivory pocket sundial known as a diptych dial. Made in Nuremberg, Germany, the dial bears the name of Hans Miller, who is known to have been crafting these objects in the early 17th century. Such a tool may have been in common use in the 17th century among English gentlemen, but they are rare archaeological finds.

Archaeology is the theme of special programming Saturday, Oct. 13 at Historic Jamestowne in observance of Virginia Archaeology Month. Along with a day of archaeology-themed activities, guests can visit the Glasshouse of 1608 and Historic Green Spring for a weekend of special activities and programs.

Guests explore archaeology and Jamestown's history through a variety of tours, activities and encounters. Programs include:
  • The Buried Truth, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Share in the moment of discovery at the original 1607 James Fort. Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists are onsite to highlight the finds of the 2012 field season at the fort site.
  • Native Lifeways of the Chesapeake, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn about the material culture and life ways of the Tidewater Algonquians in early Virginia. Daniel Abbott, a Nanticoke descendant, provides demonstrations of toolmaking, domestic skills and more.
  • Meet a Settler, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Step back in time with Anas Todkill and learn about his experiences as one of the first English settlers at Jamestown.
  • Forged in History, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Blacksmiths demonstrate iron smelting, one of the trades practiced by the early settlers.
  • Artifact Adventures at the Archaearium, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join archaeological conservators to learn how artifacts make it from the field to exhibit and learn about the tools used to conserve them at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium. Assist archaeologists sorting through the smallest excavated material to find animal bones, shell and seeds for clues to fort life in the 17th century.
  • Archaeologist Walking Tour, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the 1607 fort site and learn about this season’s excavations.
  • Jamestown Jones, noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 and noon and 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14. Indiana’s older (and slightly less well-known) brother leads a family-friendly tour highlighting Jamestown’s role in the development of historic archaeology. Learn how archaeology, artifacts and historic documents bring Jamestown’s story back to life.
Special children's activities offered throughout the day include:
  • Survivors: A Jamestown Adventure, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Can you survive in the New World? Start your adventure at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center and find the keys to survival as you explore Jamestown Island. Will you find the resources and supplies to save the colony and yourself? Collect your reward when you complete the adventure at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium and find out if you are a survivor!
  • Dig Box, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Learn about the process of historic archaeology by using the same techniques and guidelines used by archaeologists at our kid-friendly Dig Box.
  • Make A Pinch Pot, 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. Learn how the American Indians made and used pottery. Participants will make a pot using the pinch method employed by American Indians.

Glass House of 1608
While onsite, guests are invited to visit the Jamestown Glasshouse of 1608 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 for special activities and demonstrations highlighting the importance of the glass industry and its development at Jamestown. Glassblowers make 17th-century German style drinking vessels and demonstrate the Italian glass techniques using colored glass rods to make delicate designs. In addition, there will be opportunities to observe how 17th-century window pane glass was made, create a design that the glassblowers will make and participate in a raffle for prizes.

Historic Green Spring Open House
In addition to the weekend activities at Historic Jamestowne, guests are invited to visit Historic Green Spring , the site of the estate of Governor Sir William Berkeley, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Friends of the National Park Service for Historic Green Spring host this annual open house on the grounds of the 17th-century plantation, where the colonial government met after Nathaniel Bacon destroyed Jamestown in 1676. Normally not open to the public, the open house provides an opportunity to visit this important historic site. Guests meet Governor Berkeley and Lady Frances Berkeley and enjoy exhibits and family activities. Admission is free. Since there is no parking at Green Spring, guests park at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center and ride a courtesy shuttle bus to the site. Admission and the shuttle to this event are free.

Archaeology Day is sponsored, in part, by The Edward Maria Wingfield Endowment Fund, established by The Wingfield Family Society to honor Wingfield as soldier, investor and Jamestown's first president.

Admission to Historic Jamestowne is $10 per adult (which includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Children under age 16 are admitted free. America the Beautiful National Park passes are accepted. Preservation Virginia members are also admitted free. For further information, call (757) 229-4997 or 898-2410 or visit www.historicjamestowne.org.

These programs are presented jointly by Preservation Virginia, the National Park Service, and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Historic Jamestowne is located at 1368 Colonial Parkway on Jamestown Island, seven miles west of Williamsburg. It can be reached via the Colonial Parkway or VA State Route 31.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Guests to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology in action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. Guests can also enjoy lunch or a snack by the James River at the Dale House Café.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia's Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour's drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg's website at www.history.org.

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