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Jamestown Rediscovery to Celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month at Historic Jamestowne

Jamestown Rediscovery will celebrate Virginia Archeology Month with special walking tours, historic trades demonstrations and family-friendly activities. (Courtesy of Historic Jamestowne)

JAMESTOWN — In celebration of Virginia Archaeology Month, families can visit Historic Jamestowne, 1368 Colonial Pkwy, for a day of special programming.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, guests can learn about archeology and explore Jamestown’s history through special walking tours, lectures, historic trades demonstrations and a variety of children’s activities.

Sponsored by The Edward Maria Wingfield Endowment Fund, Archaeology Day will include:

  • 9 a.m.–4 p.m.: Archaeology in Action!: Meet the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation (JRF) archaeologists and learn about ongoing excavations as well as the latest discoveries at the original 1607 James Fort.
  • 10 a.m.–11 a.m.: Archaeology of James Fort Walking Tour: A JRF archaeologist will lead a tour of the ongoing excavations and some of its most significant findings. The tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.
  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m.: Ed Shed: Family-Oriented Archaeology: The Ed Shed is an educational space for children and adults alike. Families can join the archaeology team to 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 a.m.–4 p.m.: Forged in History: Blacksmiths Shel Browder and Steve Mankowski will lead demonstrations and a discussion of metalworking practices at the site of the original James Fort forge.
  • 10 a.m–4 p.m.: Hoops & Staves: The art of coopering, the making of wooden storage containers, has been around for over 3,000 years. Cooper Marshall Scheetz will demonstrate traditional methods for creating buckets, barrels and casks.
Special programming will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9. (Courtesy of Historic Jamestowne)
  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m.: Native Lifeways of the Chesapeake: Daniel Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people from Maryland’s Eastern Shore will teach visitors about the material culture and lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians and their interactions with Jamestown settlers.
  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m.: “A tractable trade”: Visitors can learn 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.
  • 1 p.m.–2 p.m.: Archaeology of James Fort Tour: A JRF archaeologist will lead a tour of the ongoing excavations and some of its most significant findings. The tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.
  • 2 p.m.–3 p.m.: Bacon’s Rebellion Walking Tour: Mark Summers, Public Historian, will lead an encore walking tour that will recount the events of Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676. It will also explore 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. The tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.
  • 3 p.m.–4 p.m.: Recent Discoveries around the Church: Director of Archaeology Dave Givens will present an in-depth discussion on the most recent excavations around the Church Tower.

The event is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne.

For more information, visit Historic Jamestowne’s website.

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