• Dice

    More than 60 gaming dice have been found in the excavations of James Fort. Most are made of bone, but some are ivory or lead. The […]

  • Gaming Pieces

    These bone gaming pieces are almost certainly chess pieces. They have been found throughout the James Fort site in several rubbish pits. These particular pieces would […]

  • Toy House

    When archaeologists excavated this object from the cellar of a blockhouse of James Fort, it looked like a small copper alloy blob. After almost 400 years […]

  • Lead Dancing Boy

    This is a three-dimensional lead figurine of a boy who appears to be dancing. It may be a toy brought for the amusement of a child […]

  • Lead Toy Horse

    The tiny lead horses arch their necks, trotting in place, manes tied into running braids and tails docked, poised to move into battle. Somewhere along the […]

  • Cymbal

    This is a brass cymbal from a tambourine that was found in daub pit filled after the Starving Time winter c. 1610. Music was very important […]

  • Bear Figurine

    At first glance, this cast lead figurine appears to be a standing rabbit with erect, elongated ears. Upon closer examination, however, it is clearly an upright […]

  • Trumpet Mouthpiece

    Excavated in 2013, this mouthpiece to a brass instrument was found with a clay tobacco pipestem wedged in its shank, preventing the horn from being blown. […]