Virginia Archaeology Day

10:00am - 4:00pm

Historic Jamestowne Celebrates Virginia Archaeology Month 20160422_100727_rect

Locations: James Fort Site and Archaearium Museum

Explore archaeology and Jamestown’s history through a variety of tours, activities, and encounters. All programs will be offered from 10:00am until 4:00pm, unless noted.

Archaeological Walking Tour, 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 2:30pm
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologist to hear about the ongoing excavations and the most significant findings from the perspective of someone who has made some of the exciting discoveries. Tours begin at the Tercentennial Monument.

Gallery Tours, 12:30pm, 3:30pm
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator on a special tour of the archaeological museum. Learn about discovery of artifacts and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown Story. Location: The Voorhees Archaearium

Kid’s Dig at Historic Jamestowne, 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00m-4:00pm
This “field work” for children will be focused around a simulated archaeology dig. Here, kids will practice digging techniques, participate in screening activities, and develop the knowledge necessary to identify archaeological features, artifacts and stratigraphy. Location: Dig Box, Between the Tercentennial Monument & Pocahontas Statue

Hands on the Past!
Enjoy an array of hands-on activities such as pottery mending or building your own fort. Learn more about the importance of archaeology and examine real artifacts found on site. Location: The Ed Shed

Artifact Adventures at the Archaearium
Join curators and conservators from the Jamestown Rediscovery team to learn how artifacts are processed and analyzed once they leave the field. Assist the curators in sorting through the smallest excavated material to find animal bones, shell, and seeds for clues to fort life in the 17th century. Location: The Voorhees Archaearium

The Buried Truth
Share in the moment of discovery at the original 1607 James Fort. Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists are onsite to highlight the finds of the 2016 field season at the fort site. Location: Inside James Fort

The Powhatan People
The local Native peoples were frequent visitors to James Fort during the first several years of settlement. 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 at Jamestown. Location: Inside James Fort

Forged in History
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Shel Browder for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge. Location: Inside James Fort

“pales, posts, & railes”
Building a fort proved to be a necessity for the colonists within a month of their arrival in 1607. Carpenter Paul Zelesnikar will demonstrate the tools and methods used by the first colonists to build everything from the fort walls to stool and chests. Location: Inside James Fort

“a tractable trade”
It’s September 1609 as you meet Anas Todkill, one of the settlers that explored the Chesapeake Bay with Captain John Smith. Learn how the English traded with the Virginia Indians for food and information. Location: Inside James Fort

Free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne

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