Benjamin Knowles

Field school students and staff conduct archaeological excavations in front of the Archaearium museum.

May 2024

This year’s Archaeological Field School has begun and it’s “all hands on deck” just in front of the Archaearium. Seven 10-foot by 10-foot squares have been […]

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Case bottle

“In conservation, this will probably be the hardest thing you ever do.”

Conservation of a large early 17th Century Case Bottle Jackie Bucklew, Conservation Intern In 2014 archaeologists Mary Anna Hartley and Danny Schmidt excavated fragments of a […]

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The archaeological team does the final excavations of the 1617 church foundations prior to the installation of the glass portal.

April 2024

The 2024 field school is fast approaching and the team is readying their plans for the students’ arrival. The students will be excavating in four main […]

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Violin Dendrochronology

Dendrochronology – Studying Tree Rings to Learn about an Antique Violin

May 13, 2024. Dr. Chuck Durfor, Senior Staff Archaeologist and Staff Photographer. Dendrochronology is the study of the size and spacing of tree rings within a […]

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Staff Archaeologists Natalie Reid and Gabriel Brown returning from their GPR survey across the James River.

March 2024

Jamestown was abuzz with investigations of the electromagnetic kind in March, both on ground and on water. While ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is a normal part of […]

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A window lead with a date of 1671 found during the Church Tower excavations.

February 2024

The Jamestown Rediscovery archaeology team is finishing excavations inside the 1680s Church Tower in preparation for a glass floor installation that will allow visitors to view […]

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Lowering the steel roof infrastructure into the Church Tower

January 2024

A team of Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists is excavating the 1680s Church Tower, the last above-ground structure that still exists from the 17th century. Led by Staff […]

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A selection of artifacts found in the excavations adjacent to the ticketing tent

December 2023

Director of Archaeology David Givens and Director of Collections and Conservation Michael Lavin traveled to the University of Connecticut this month. The purpose of the trip […]

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A 360-degree photo inside the burial structure.

November 2023

The Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists have completed the disinterment of three individuals from the 1607 burial ground. Located inside the southwest corner of James Fort, approximately 36 […]

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A 360 degree view of the archaeologists involved in the 2023 burial excavations.

October 2023

The Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists have returned to the 1607 burial ground and are preparing to disinter three individuals who died in the first few months of […]

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September 2023

The bottom of the ca. 1617 Governor’s Well has been reached, and while fighting a constant battle against water, the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists have excavated a […]

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Archaeologists Anna Shackelford, Natalie Reid, and David Givens at the Governor's Well.

August 2023

August was one of our busiest months this summer. The archaeology and laboratory teams both have several exciting projects in process, and the teams are working […]

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