Dig Updates

August 2009

Excavations have reached a depth of about 6 feet in a very early well at the center of James Fort. There has been no let-up for […]

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Artifacts in a tray

July 2009

Artifacts continue to pour out of what is likely James Fort’s first well, built under the direction of Captain John Smith in early 1609. Sword blades and […]

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Archaeologist standing in deep excavation unit

June 2009

The 2009 field school is in session and the students and their Jamestown Rediscovery instructors are focused on an area inside the eastern palisade wall and on a […]

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Archaeologists examine artifacts in screen

May 2009

At the center of James Fort, the Jamestown Rediscovery team is troweling away at a very early underground feature. Almost certainly a well, the feature has […]

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Archaeologist excavating jar

April 2009

Have we found Jamestown’s first well? Thousands of artifacts are pouring out of a subterranean feature located very close to the center of James Fort. The archaeologists […]

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Sandbag and excavated brick wall of excavated cellar

October 2008

Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists have daylighted the spectacularly-complete brick floor of the cellar of a building that probably burned during Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676. A thick layer of […]

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Archaeologist excavating on other side of unit wall

August 2008

Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists are excavating the remains of a building that may have been put to the torch during Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676. Measuring 20′ x 40′ […]

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Line of postholes in an excavation unit

July 2008

Despite the intense Virginia heat, the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological team and the students from the 2008 Field School have made steady progress excavating 10′ x 10′ squares inside […]

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Archaeologist troweling in excavation unit

May 2008

Excavations are about to end on a fort-period cellar located just inside the eastern palisade wall of James Fort. Before the cellar is backfilled with soil, […]

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Excavations next to river

April 2008

The 2008 dig season has begun and the Jamestown Rediscovery team is busy excavating an area near the southwest corner of James Fort. Evidence for a fort-period structure […]

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Archaeologists pointing to features in a cellar

December 2007

The Jamestown Rediscovery archaeology team continues to make exciting discoveries as they peel away the layers of an early-17th-century cellar inside James Fort. Little by little archaeologists have […]

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Archaeologist pointing to ash layer in unit wall

October 2007

The Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists have discovered two furnaces built into the brick-lined wall of a cellar that dates to the early 17th century. This cellar was part of […]

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