Dig Updates

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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Excavated celllar

September 2007

Digging in a cellar that dates to the earliest years of James Fort, Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists have uncovered a layer of ash that covers a large portion of […]

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Archaeologist excavating a sword basket hilt

August 2007

All of the efforts of the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists are focused on the cellar of a fort-period building just inside the eastern palisade wall line. Excavations on the […]

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Archaeologists excavating cellar

July 2007

After giving up its treasure of arms and armor in May, the cellar of a building just inside the eastern palisade wall of James Fort is […]

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Archaeologists and students excavating

June 2007

The outlines of unmarked grave shafts continue to be discovered in the southwest section of James Fort. Archaeologists are hoping that this means the original church […]

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Archaeologist excavating a sword

May 2007

A single grave in the current excavation area, about 200 ft. from the existing 17th-century church tower, appears to be contemporary with 21 other graves in […]

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Archaeologist examining excavation unit

April 2007

Archaeologists excavating an area near the western palisade wall of James Fort are pushing east along the shore of the James River. Excavations in 2005 led […]

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November 2006

The Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists are conducting experimental archaeology on the site of one of the fort buildings that may have been a barracks from ca. 1608. […]

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October 2006

Though James Fort ceased to exist over 350 years ago, 12 years of archaeology have revealed its walls’ exact footprint on the landscape. The archaeologists have […]

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