Jamestown Unearthed: Archaeologists explore tombs at center of 1901 woman-led dig

The interior Memorial Church at Historic Jamestowne. Archaeologists Mary Anna Hartley and Bob Chartrand excavate along the northern wall to the left of the frame. The chancel- the holiest place in the church- lies in the background along the eastern wall. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

In 1901, Mary Jeffery Galt and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities broke ground on the remnants of a 17th-century church in Jamestown. More than a century later, a team of archaeologists from Preservation Virginia are doing the same. Their goal is to learn as much as they can about the historic churches […]

Jamestown Unearthed: Archaeologists explore 400-year-old church

“Jamestown Unearthed” is a monthly feature in WYDaily exploring the latest discoveries in and around James Fort.

Historic Jamestowne's memorial church. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

Archaeologists in Historic Jamestowne have commenced excavations on the fort’s church in the hopes of finding the remains of high-status colonists.        Team members of Preservation Virginia have dug a two-foot deep, six-by-ten foot hole in the eastern corner of the church’s brick floor. According to Preservation Virginia Archaeologist Danny Schmidt, the hole has been dug […]

Jamestown Unearthed: Graves reveal life and death during dawn of colony

An aerial view of the graves that were excavated in 2004. (Courtesy Jamestown Rediscovery.)

The Jamestown Rediscovery Project completed their excavation of a cellar outside of the walls of the fort earlier this month, and they are already on to their next project — just in time for Halloween. The project involves excavating graves from a cemetery inside the first English settlement in the new world. Between 2004 and 2008 archaeologists […]

Root canal could reveal diet, environment of early Jamestown

The mandible, or lower jaw, shows extensive abscess and bone expansion associated with the dental trauma the fort boy suffered at eight years old. (Photo by Bruce Dale. Courtesy of Martin D. Levin)

Archaeologists at Jamestown Rediscovery know how a 15-year-old boy found at the edge of the settlement’s fort died—he was struck by an arrowhead two weeks after settlers arrived in the New World in 1607. Now, thanks the curiosity of one Maryland endodontist, a team of scientists across the country are learning how this boy lived […]

Jamestown Unearthed: Well excavation answers some questions, raises others

Excavation began last week on a well within a cellar. (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)

In May the archaeologists at the Jamestown Rediscovery Project made their first foray into the well within the cellar they have been excavating for the past year and a half – a long-awaited project they hope will answer questions about this somewhat unusual structure. As recently as this spring archaeologists were looking forward to uncovering […]

Jamestown Unearthed: Common Cooking Grill a Rare Find for Archaeologists

A piece of an iron grill found during the excavation of a cellar at Historic Jamestowne. (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)

The return of warm weather and longer days has given archaeologists at Jamestown Rediscovery Project the opportunity to make significant progress on the excavation of a cellar just outside of the original James Fort, and their work there continues to turn up unusual and enlightening finds. The biggest discovery in the past month came in […]

Jamestown Unearthed: Spring Brings Flood of Interest in Wells

William & Mary geology students collect data from wells around Jamestowne. From left to right: Pamela Braff, Jacqueline Huettenmoser and Vincent Cunningham.

As spring comes to Historic Jamestowne and the archaeologists return to the field for the year, one unusual feature will be taking center stage at the Jamestown Rediscovery Project in the coming months: wells. Because of their propensity to collect artifacts of interest, wells have long been thought of as veritable treasure troves in archaeology, […]

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