Archaeology Day

Join us on Saturday, October 9, as Historic Jamestowne commemorates Virginia Archaeology Month. All events listed below are included with any Historic Jamestowne admission ticket.

9:00am–4:00pm: Archaeology in Action! (weather permitting)
Share in the moment of discovery at the original 1607 James Fort. Meet the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists and learn about ongoing excavations as well as the latest discoveries.

10:00am–11:00am: Archaeology of James Fort Walking Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologist for a tour of the ongoing excavations and some of the most significant findings. Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.

10:00am–4:00pm: Ed Shed: Family-Oriented Archaeology
The Ed Shed is an educational space for children and adults alike. Come join the archaeology team, experiencing the moment of discovery as we sort through artifacts from a 1630-1650s trash pit. The Ed Shed is located outside the west wall of the 1607 Fort, near the Dale House Café.

10:00am–4:00pm: Forged in History
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join blacksmiths Shel Browder and Steve Mankowski for demonstrations and a discussion of metalworking practices at the site of the original James Fort forge.

10:00am–4:00pm: Hoops & Staves
Join cooper Marshall Scheetz as he demonstrates traditional methods for creating buckets, barrels and casks. Coopering—the making of wooden storage containers—has existed for over 3,000 years. In the 17th century these wooden vessels were used not only for household activities but also for the transportation of precious cargo, such as wine, beer, tobacco, sugar, and salt.

10:00am–4:00pm: Native Lifeways of the Chesapeake
Join Daniel Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to learn about the material culture and lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians as well as their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown.

10:00am–4:00pm: “A tractable trade”
Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the bay with Captain John Smith.

10:00am–4:00pm: “pales, posts, and railes …”
Building a fort proved a necessity for the colonists within a month of their 1607 arrival. Carpenter Danny Whitten will demonstrate the tools and methods used by the first colonists to build everything from the fort walls to the buildings.

1:00pm–2:00pm: Archaeology of James Fort Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologist for a tour of the ongoing excavations and some of the most significant findings. Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.

2:00pm–3:00pm: Bacon’s Rebellion Walking Tour
Join Mark Summers, Public Historian, for an encore walking tour that will recount the events of Bacon’s Rebellion. The tour will recount the events of Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676, a civil war that burned Jamestown to the ground, devastated Native American communities, and threw England and the colonies into chaos. It will also examine the aftermath of the war, the increasing slave laws, the Treaty of Middle Plantation with the Powhatan in 1677, the effect of Bacon’s Rebellion on future revolutions, and the move of the capital to Williamsburg in 1699. Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.

3:30pm–4:30pm: Recent Discoveries around the Church
Join Director of Archaeology, Dave Givens, for an in-depth discussion on the most recent excavations around the Church Tower and how it has informed our understand of the evolution of the site over time.

Sponsored by The Edward Maria Wingfield Endowment Fund established by The Wingfield Family Society to honor Wingfield as soldier, investor and Jamestown’s first president.