Dig Updates 2011

December 2011

In the air abrasion room, conservator Dan Gamble was cleaning a goffering iron—a hollow cylindrical iron tool that was heated and used with starch to iron […]

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October 2011

Archaeologists are four feet deep in a 17th-century well inside the southwest corner of James Fort’s 1608 church. In spite of its location, the well dates […]

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September 2011

Excavations have started on a 17th-century well in the southwest corner of James Fort’s 1608 church. Though the well sits inside the footprint of the church’s […]

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August 2011

Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists continue to scrape away at the postholes of James Fort’s 1608 church, excavating them down to the subsoil to determine just how deep […]

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July 2011

The entire archaeological footprint of James Fort’s first substantial church has been found. The church, built in 1608 and which is likely the wedding site of […]

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June 2011

The archaeological field school is in full swing and the Jamestown Rediscovery staff is using the extra manpower to conduct excavations in three separate areas of […]

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Three archaeologists stand in excavations in front of statue

May 2011

Excavations are steadily progressing to the north and west in an effort to uncover the rest of the archaeological remains of James Fort’s 1608 church, the […]

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April 2011

The 2011 dig season has started and excavations are currently focused on two early-fort-period structures located within the triangular footprint of James Fort. The Jamestown Rediscovery […]

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Staff examine a large number of ceramic sherds on a lab table

March 2011

As the archaeological field crew prepares to head back out to the fort site to continue their excavations of the 1608 church, the conservation and curatorial […]

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Hand holding an animal bone with small trays of artifacts visible in the background

February 2011

The Jamestown Rediscovery curatorial team continues to sort through the piles and piles of animal bones found in a 1609 well, probably the fort’s first. The […]

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Conserved pistol

January 2011

A pistol found in the bottom of a well in James Fort is being conserved collaboratively by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF) and Jamestown Rediscovery teams. […]

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