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! Archaeology camp will resume in Summer 2020. Please see below for a description and itinerary: 

Camper holding an oyster shell

2020 camp sessions

Session 1: June 22-June 26, 2020 
Session 2: July 13-July 17, 2020
Session 3: July 27-July 31, 2020

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!

Fees and Registration

Tuition for the Archaeology Camp is $200.00 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. Registration will open at 12:00pm on March 2. The syllabus will be posted in March. For general camp information, please see the 2019 syllabus below.

scheduled programs and activities

Activities subject to change. For additional details about the program, please download the complete 2019 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 (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
2:30 – 3:00 Site Walkabout (Presentation to Staff)
3:00 – 3:30 Presentation to Parents/Guardians & Graduation Ceremony

questions?

Contact Cherelle Cotton at hjeducation@preservationvirginia.org or (757) 808-6353.