Dig Updates

September 2010

Before continuing the excavations of what is probably the fort’s first substantial church—a process that will likely span well into next year’s dig season—the Jamestown Rediscovery […]

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August 2010

William Strachey, secretary of the Virginia colony, described Jamestown’s church as such in a letter to an acquaintance in England in 1610. The Jamestown Rediscovery team […]

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July 2010

The 2010 field school is over, but this year’s students uncovered some very interesting features before heading home. Numerous graves have been found, most of which […]

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June 2010

Excavations near the church tower are progressing quickly now that the field school is in session and several extra sets of hands are busily digging and […]

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Archaeologists map and excavate unit

May 2010

Work has shifted to an area along the east palisade wall just south of the church tower. Three 10’x10′ squares are currently being excavated here inside […]

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April 2010

With the arrival of warm weather, the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological team has headed back outdoors to continue excavations at James Fort. Near the center of the […]

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March 2010

Conservators from the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological project and Colonial Williamsburg are working on a pistol found in a well in James Fort in 2006. Largely intact […]

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February 2010

The Jamestown Rediscovery conservation and curatorial staff have their hands full with the thousands of artifacts excavated from the fort’s first well in 2009. Senior Conservator […]

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archaeologist sits next to a large pile of oyster shells

January 2010

With the archaeologists out of the field, work now shifts inside to report writing, working on the digital archive, and research, among many other things. In […]

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December 2009

The Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological team has concluded its excavations of an early well at the center of James Fort. A wooden barrel was found at the bottom, used […]

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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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