In commemoration of Virginia Archaeology Month, guests meet the Jamestown Rediscovery
archaeologists and learn about the discoveries made at the James Fort site during the 2014 field season. The day will also include historic trades demonstrations, living history programs, and special tours. Programs offered throughout the day include:
- The Buried Truth: Share in the moment of discovery at the original 1607 James Fort. Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists are onsite to highlight the finds of the 2014 field season at the fort site.
- Native Foodways of the Chesapeake: Enjoy demonstrations of Algonquian cooking and foodways.
- "our established friendship with the Naturalls": It's October of 1614 as you meet and visit with Aquintan, one of Pocahontas brothers and Edward Brewster, captain of the guard at James Fort. Learn about the early relationships between the colonists and Virginia Indians who met at Jamestowne.
- Forged in History: Blacksmiths demonstrate iron smelting, one of the trades practiced by the early settlers.
- Artifact Adventures at the Archaearium: Join archaeological conservators to learn how artifacts make it from the field to exhibit and learn about the tools used to conserve them at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium. Assist archaeologists sorting through the smallest excavated material to find animal bones, shell and seeds for clues to fort life in the 17th century.
- Special Children’s Activities: Explore archaeology and history through hands-on engagement.
Archaeology-themed tours will be offered throughout the day:
- The History of Archaeology at Jamestown, 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.and 2:30 p.m. This ranger-led tour highlights Jamestown’s role in the development of historic archaeology. Learn how those early archaeologists have shaped the science of archaeology practiced today.
- Archaeologist Walking Tour, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the 1607 fort site and learn about this season's excavations.
Jamestown EyeWitness Program:
Glass House of 1608
- Don Diego De Molina, Captive and Spy: Meet Don Diego de Molina, a Spanish commander, who was captured near a Virginia Fort in 1611. He will be allowed an interview with those wishing to meet him at 3:45 pm but beware - he is alleged to be a Spanish spy!
While onsite, guests are invited to visit the Jamestown Glasshouse of 1608 between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12 for special activities and demonstrations highlighting the importance of the glass industry and its development at Jamestown. Glassblowers make 17th-century German style drinking vessels and demonstrate the Italian glass techniques using colored glass rods to make delicate designs. In addition, there will be opportunities to observe how 17th-century window pane glass was made, create a design that the glassblowers will make and participate in a raffle for prizes.
is sponsored by The Edward Maria Wingfield Endowment Fund, established by The Wingfield Family Society to honor Wingfield as soldier, investor and Jamestown's first president.