Visitors to the James Fort site during the 400th anniversary of Jamestown wondered if some of the ongoing fantastic moments of discovery were staged. They were not: as thousands of people crossed the site, archaeologists worked in a significant cellar feature in the north bulwark area. A varied mix of brick and post hole markings showed a changing pattern of use for the space. After visits from both the Queen of England and the President of the United States, the archaeologists discovered the date and function of the cellar: It was used first for blacksmithing and later converted into a bakery. Read the Dig Updates below to track this mystery as the archaeologists did in James Fort’s anniversary year.

Dig Update Archive, 2004-present

2007 Dig Updates