Archaeologists began 2010 searching for the remains of a men’s barracks at James Fort and discovered five deep postholes spaced 12 feet apart, creating an area that matched historical records of a 60-foot long wooden church. This large church was built in 1608 and is likely where Pocahontas married tobacco grower John Rolfe in 1614. Archaeology Magazine named the 1608 church one of the 10 most significant archaeological discoveries in the world in 2010.

Archeologists and conservators also spent the year processing and researching thousands of artifacts from the John Smith well. And Rediscovery conservators worked with staff from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to conserve an unusual loaded pistol found in another well years prior. Read the Dig Updates below for more details.

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2010 Dig Updates