Historic Jamestowne to Offer Special Programs in Observance of Virginia Archaeology Month
Jamestown, Va. -- Jamestown Archaeology is the theme of special programming at Historic Jamestowne on Saturday, October 4 in observance of Virginia Archaeology Month. Sponsored by the National Park Service and APVA Preservation Virginia, a variety of programs will be offered at the site that day, including the opportunity to dig in the Jamestown Junior Box, make souvenir clay pinch pots and watch archaeologists at work in the 1607 James Fort archaeological site.
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Witness Archaeology in Action
Watch as APVA Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists scrape away layers of earth, uncovering objects and soil stains from 400 years ago. Archaeologists will be working at the fort site from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to talk with visitors about past and recent discoveries. Staff washing artifacts will answer questions about archaeological conservation from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Artifact Quest at the Archaearium
Kids can get special cards at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium desk and search for their own artifacts in the exhibits, while enjoying this great archaeology museum!
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Jamestown Jr. Archaeologist Dig Box
Archaeologists will be available for children and their parents and will instruct Junior Archaeologists in the process of historic archaeology by using the same techniques and guidelines used by professional archaeologists at Historic Jamestowne. This is a hands-on program running in two sessions from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Individual participation lasts approximately 30 minutes. The program is designed for children ages 7 and above, and all participants must be accompanied by a parent or an adult.
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – Walking Tours of Dig Site
Join Park Rangers and Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeologists for tours highlighting how the mystery of where the first English settlers built their triangular fort in 1607. The APVA Jamestown Rediscovery project at the 1607 James Fort site is considered by many experts to be one of the premiere archaeological projects in the United States today. (Archaeologists work at the dig site Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weather permitting. Trained volunteers interpret the dig site daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Tour the Dig Site With Archaeologist Jamestown Jones
Indiana's older (and slightly less well-known) brother will lead special archaeology tours of Jamestown discussing the site's role in the development of historic archaeology. During the 45-minute tour, learn how archaeology, artifacts and historic documents combine to bring the story of the first permanent English settlement in North America to life.
12:30 p.m. – Pinch Pot Program
Join a Park Ranger at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and learn how to use Powhatan Indian techniques in making a souvenir clay pinch pot to take home. Participants will also learn about the importance of ceramics to the historical archaeology process and the role ceramics played in the daily lives of the Powhatan Indian community and the Jamestown settlers.
All programs will be held weather permitting.
If You Go
Historic Jamestowne preserves and interprets the site of the first permanent English settlement in America and is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service - Colonial National Historical Park. Admission is $10.00 per adult, age 15 and younger is free, and includes all Archaeology Day programming. National Park Service passports and APVA memberships are honored.
Historic Jamestowne is located at the western terminus of the Colonial Parkway; from I-64, take exit 242-A (Route 199) and follow the signs for Colonial Parkway/Jamestown. From southside, take the Jamestown Ferry and turn right onto Route 359, following the signs for Historic Jamestowne.
For additional information, contact Colonial National Historical Park at 757-229-1733 or 757-898-2410, or via the internet at www.HistoricJamestowne.org.
Historic Jamestowne offers a wealth of activities for exploring the first permanent English settlement in North America. Start your visit at the Visitor Center, with exhibits and a multi-media theater presentation about America's Birthplace; share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation; visit the Archaearium to see some of the more than 1 million artifacts excavated; walk through New Towne where the settlement grew beyond the fort walls and see the 17th-century landscape recreated with Virtual Viewers; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; take a walking tour with a park ranger through the original settlement along the scenic James River, watch costumed glassblowers at the Glasshouse. Museum stores are available at the Visitor Center and at the Archaearium. Driving tours explore the lush natural setting where exhibits explain how the settlers harnessed that wilderness for their needs. Visitors regularly see bald eagles, heron, osprey, deer and other wildlife.