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Monday, January 24, 2005

Dig Spotlight: Rediscovering Jamestown

For many years it was assumed by scholars that the original James Fort constructed by English colonists in 1607 at the site of Jamestown, Virginia (the first permanent English colony in America) had long been claimed for oblivion by the waters of the nearby James River. Not so, according to archaeologists. Since 1994, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, in conjunction with the University of Virginia, have conducted excavations that have revealed thousands of artifacts and soil features clearly identified with the Fort. Thus far, these excavations have uncovered over 250 feet of palisade wall lines, the east cannon bulwark, three cellars, and a building, all part of the original James Fort configuration.

You can be part of this investigation as Dr. William Kelso of the Univesity of Virginia leads a formal field school during the summer of 2005. The field school runs from June 6 to July 15, and is designed to teach theory and methods of fieldwork in American Historical Archaeology. Students will learn how to investigate the features related to James Fort and to identify and interpret 17th century European and Native American artifacts. In addition, upon successful completion of the program, students will receive six (6) graduate credits in Anthropology from the University of Virginia.

So, in addition to being involved in cutting-edge historical research at a very famous American colonial site, you can walk away with some certified education!

If you are interested in this opportunity, click
here for detailed information.

For more reading on Jamestown and the Jamestown Rediscovery project:

Jamestown Rediscovery 1994 - 2004


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