Dig Updates

Staff Archaeologist Natalie Reid explains the excavations of the 1608 ditch and 1610s well during an archaeology tour.

April 2023

Archaeology is advancing our understanding of a ditch thought to date to 1608 as excavations on a segment of it near completion. A few feet to […]

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The King's Colours, the Tercentennial Monument, and the newly-rebuilt palisade wall.

March 2023

Shovels, pickaxes, and trowels are hard at work all over Jamestown. Work continues on an early 17th-century well found just outside James Fort’s north bulwark. Across […]

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Staff Archaeologist Caitlin Delmas and Archaeological Field Technician Hannah use a transit to document the excavations outside the Jamestown Rediscovery Center.

February 2023

Just to the north of James Fort the archaeological team has exposed the entire breadth of an early 17th-century well and its builder’s trench. Meanwhile over […]

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Excavating a 17th-century well found in the Confederate moat

January 2023

All efforts in the field are focused on a brick-lined well just to the northwest of James Fort’s north bulwark. Found unexpectedly while following the trail […]

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A heavily-used hone (whetstone)

December 2022

Archaeologists are conducting ground-penetrating radar (GPR) surveys just south of the Jamestown Rediscovery Center prior to the installation of the Ellen Kelso Memorial Garden. They hope […]

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Site Supervisor Anna Shackelford takes record shots of the "burial" site north of the Church Tower

November 2022

As colder weather rolls in several of the dig sites are being backfilled, preserving the archaeological resources now that their excavations are complete. Before the dirt […]

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The archaeological team at work in the burial excavation structure.

October 2022

In the southwest corner of James Fort, in a structure resembling a greenhouse, the lights were on well past sunset several nights this month. Inside, the […]

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Zuniga Map excerpt

September 2022

It’s been an exciting month for the Jamestown Rediscovery team. Our archaeologists are now confident that the early ditch they’ve been excavating is part of the […]

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August 2022

Archaeologists are following the trail of an early 17th-century ditch extending from James Fort’s north bulwark. This has led them to the moat of Confederate Fort […]

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Senior Staff Archaeologist Sean Romo instructs a camper on the troweling process.

July 2022

Following the path of an early, possible fort-period ditch found earlier this year, the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists are excavating a section of the moat of Fort […]

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June 2022

Excavations are underway at three different sites in and around James Fort. Thanks to the extra hands of the 2022 Field School students, the Jamestown Rediscovery […]

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May 2022

The site is bustling with archaeological activity as our team has more than doubled with the addition of 16 students from this year’s archaeological Field School. […]

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