In 2015 the Jamestown Rediscovery team focused on excavating a backfilled cellar from the James Fort period found at the northeast corner of the fort’s 1608 addition. Thousands of artifacts were recovered from the cellar fill and at the bottom archaeologists found a square well, which will be dug in 2016. Nearby, in the center of the 1607 triangular section of the fort, the crew partially reconstructed the first church at Jamestown to enhance the visitor experience. Four burials of prominent English colonists, previously uncovered in the church’s chancel in 2013, were identified in July following nearly two years of research and analysis in collaboration with forensic anthropologists from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Dig Update Archive, 2004-present

2015 Dig Updates