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"Digging In at Jamestown: Archaeology Season Opening Day"

March 26, 2012

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - "Digging In at Jamestown: Archaeology Season Opening Day" kicks off at 10 a.m. on April 7 at Historic Jamestowne when Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists start the 19th field season.

Archaeologists Mary Anna Richardson and Don Warmke Digging at Jamestown
Archaeologists Mary Anna Richardson and Don Warmke Digging at Jamestown
Visitors can share in the moments of new discoveries, meet the archaeology team and learn about excavation plans for the 2012 season. Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the dig site at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. In addition to tours of the fort site, visitors also can learn about life from an early settler's perspective, observe blacksmiths at work and participate in family activities.

In the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, guests meet the archaeology conservation staff and learn about how they care, conserve, and research the unique assemblage of artifacts from James Fort. Children can take part in sorting through the smallest excavated material to find animal bones, shell, and seeds for clues to the fort life in the 17th century.

Excavation plans for 2012 will focus on several areas at the 1607 fort site including the "middest of the fort" where additional buildings and a well might be located as well as the possible site of a barracks for common soldiers near the east palisade.

With the upcoming 150th commemoration of the Battle of Williamsburg, archaeologists will continue their work on the bomb-proof room, part of Fort Pocahontas, the Civil War fort constructed in 1861.

This program is presented by Historic Jamestowne and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

This program is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. The admission fee of $10 per adult includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield. Children under age 16 are admitted free. America the Beautiful National Parks passes are accepted and Preservation Virginia members also are admitted free. Please call (757) 229-4997 or visit www.historicjamestowne.org for more information.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Visitors to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology in action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. For further information, visit www.historicjamestowne.org or call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898-2410.

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