Collections Research Resources

Jamestown Rediscovery Collections Access Policy

It is not often that a researcher can access the excavation site, collections facility, and museum on the same campus to help fulfill their research design. Jamestown Rediscovery has meticulously catalogued more than 3 million artifacts excavated during the past 25 years of excavations and has curated the collection in the Historic Jamestown Research Center. The majority of James Fort’s artifacts date to the first few years (1607-1610) of the settlement and provide a incomparable opportunity to study the post medieval “Atlantic World” period. Collaborations in research are valuable because they present unique outside perspectives on our collection. View the Jamestown Rediscovery Collection Research Policy.

Have an Artifact Question? Contact a Curator.

The Jamestown Rediscovery project is a public archaeological program that educates visitors and shares the moments of discovery. Additionally our curatorial staff has decades of post medieval material culture experience and can assist in your artifact research. Contact a Curator.


Jamestown Rediscovery has compiled a list of research resources for identifying early ceramics and other artifacts within the collections. View and download the comprehensive bibliography.

Current Partners in Research:

  • Coastal Carolina University, Department of Marine Science, Conway, South Carolina
  • The College of William and Mary, Department of Anthropology, Department of Geology, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Colonial National Historic Park, Jamestown, Virginia
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Departments of Archaeology,  Architectural History,  Collections, Conservation and Museums, and Historic Trades, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Cornell University, BRC CT Imaging, Ithaca, New York
  • GoMeasure3D, Amherst, Virginia
  • Lynchburg Museum. Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Micro Photonics Inc., Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • National Geographic, Washington, D. C.
  • Nauticus National Maritime Center, City of Norfolk, Virginia
  • New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center, Pamunkey Reservation, King William, Virginia
  • Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D. C.
  • Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D. C.
  • St. David’s Island Historical Society, St. George’s Parish, Bermuda
  • StudioEIS, Brooklyn, New York
  • Sweet Briar College, Department of Engineering & Physics, Sweet Briar, Virginia
  • University of California at Davis, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Davis, California
  • The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Center, Charles City County, Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Virtual Curation Laboratory, Richmond, Virginia
  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, Virginia
  • Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the College of William and Mary, Gloucester, Virginia