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 […]

Jamestown archaeology museum debuting new exhibits


For the archeologists and conservators of Preservation Virginia’s Jamestown Rediscovery Project, unearthing the buried secrets of the James Fort is only half the job description. Once the artifacts come out of the ground, the team must decide what to do with them. In most cases, the items are carefully catalogued and stored away in the project’s […]