Are you ready to dig deeper into Jamestown’s history? Join us for a week of archaeology and fun as you learn to uncover pieces of the past!

Camper holding an oyster shell

2019 camp sessions

Session 1: June 17-June 21, 2019 (Full)
Session 2: July 8-July 12, 2019 (Full)
Session 3: August 19-August 23, 2019 (Full)
Session 4: June 24-June 28, 2019 (Closed)

Who: Archaeology Camp is open to children 8 to 12 years old.
Time: All junior archaeologists will work from 10:00am to 3:30pm

Grab a trowel and a bucket and get ready to get your hands dirty. We will explore the science behind archaeology, conservation, and curation while finding real 17th-century artifacts. Learn about artifact and feature identification, archaeological tools, and how to preserve your collection. You’ll even meet real archaeologists along the way!

The first three sessions are full, but due to demand another session in June has now been added. For more information, please email Amber Phelps and include “Archaeology Camp 2019” in the subject line.

Fees and Registration

Tuition for the Archaeology Camp is $175.00 per child, per session. A $50.00 deposit is required at the time of registration and the remainder of the fee will be due four weeks before the start of the session for which a child is registered.

scheduled programs and activities

Activities subject to change. For additional details about the program, please download the complete information packet.

monday

10:00 – 10:15 Syllabus Discussion
10:15 – 10:30 Introductions with instructors and fellow classmates
10:45 – 12:15 Fort Tour with Mark Summers or Justin Bates (Jamestown History 101)
1:00 – 2:30 Archaeology Lesson (Archaeology for Beginners)
2:30 – 3:15 Introduction to the Dig Box (Dig Box 101)
3:15 – 3:30 End of Day Scrapbooking

tuesday

10:00 – 10:30 Archaeology Lesson (Identifying Stratigraphy and Features)
10:30 – 12:15 Dig Box and Screening Time
1:15 – 2:30 Dig Box and Screening Time
2:30 – 3:00 Walking Field Trip to Current Excavation Area to Meet Staff Archaeologist
3:00 – 3:30 End of Day Scrapbooking

wednesday

10:00 – 10:45 Archaeology Lesson (Artifact Identification and Starving Time Fauna Identification)
10:45 – 11:15 Identification Lab
11:15 – 12:30 Dig Box and Screening Time
1:15 – 1:45 Conservation Lesson (Conservation for Beginners)
1:45 – 2:15 Conservation Lab (Sorting Artifacts)
2:15 – 2:45 A Closer Look at Conservation with Senior Conservator
2:45 – 3:15 Conservation Lab (Washing Artifacts)
3:15 – 3:30 End of Day Scrapbooking

thursday

10:00 – 10:45 Curatorial Lesson (Curating a Collection)
10:45 – 12:00 Conservation Lab (Washing and Mending Artifacts)
12:00 – 12:30 A Closer Look at Curation with a Staff Curator
1:15 – 1:45 Archaeology Lesson (Site Mapping and Artifact Illustrating)
1:45 – 2:15 Illustration Lab (Drawing Artifacts in the Archaearium)
2:15 – 3:15 Dig Box and Screening Time
3:15 – 3:30 End of Day Scrapbooking

friday

10:00 – 10:30 Site Setup (Washing Tables, Drying and Sorting Tables, Screens, etc.)
10:30 – 12:00 Dig Box and Screening Time
12:00 – 12:45 Captain Brewster’s Kids (Living History Demonstration)
1:30 – 2:30 Angela Tour with Justin Bates
2:30 – 3:00 Site Walkabout (Presentation to Staff)
3:00 – 3:30 Presentation to Parents/Guardians & Graduation Ceremony