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” is a monthly feature in WYDaily exploring the latest discoveries in and around James Fort.
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 […]
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 […]
When archaeologists found a well outside the walls of the Jamestown colony in 2014, they hoped to learn a great deal about life within the walls from 17th-century artifacts they expected to find in the well. After wrapping up the excavation of the well last week, which included excavation of the cellar in which it was […]
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 […]