Dig Updates

Archaeologists excavating a well

November 2009

A wooden barrel has been discovered about eleven feet deep into an early 17th-century well. The barrel was used as a lining to keep the clay […]

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two archaeologists excavate on either side of a balk in the middle of a unit

October 2009

The Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological team has hit moist soil about 9 and 1/2 feet deep into an early 17th-century well. The well is located very close […]

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Archaeologist records unit with total station while another talks to a large group

September 2009

Digging deeper and deeper into a well near the center of James Fort, the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological team continues to find hundreds of artifacts each day as […]

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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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