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October 5, 2011

Historic Jamestowne Celebrates Virginia Archaeology Month with Special Activities

Archaeology is the theme of special programming from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Historic Jamestowne on Saturday, Oct. 8 in observance of Virginia Archaeology Month. Along with a day of archaeology-themed activities, guests can visit the Glasshouse of 1608 and Green Spring Plantation for a weekend of special activities and programs.

Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists will be on site to highlight the finds of the 2011 field season at the fort site. Excavations this season uncovered the entire remains of the 1608 church, revealed more than 60 feet of the east palisade extension of the 1607 fort and the architectural details of an underground 1861 Civil War bomb shelter. Along with updates of the season’s excavations, guests help the archaeologists sort through the smallest excavated material to find animal bones, shell and seeds that provide clues to life at Jamestown. Archaeologists also lead special in-depth walking tours of the fort site at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

In addition to meeting the archaeologists, a cooper will be on site to demonstrate one of the trades practiced by the early settlers and park rangers will lead walking tours of the historic site at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Families can grab an Archaeology Quest for a fun-filled exploration of the site and receive a prize. Guests should not miss have the more than 1,000 artifacts from the fort excavations including a 400-year-old slate writing tablet crammed with drawings and mysterious words at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium.

While at Historic Jamestowne, guests are invited to visit the Jamestown Glasshouse of 1608 for a weekend of 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. Guests also observe how 17th-century window pane glass was made. Glasshouse activities and programs will continue through Sunday, Oct. 9.
The programs are free with paid admission to Historic

Jamestowne (excluding the Historic Green Spring Open House). All programs and demonstrations are included admission fee of $10 per adult (which includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Children under age 16 are admitted free. America the Beautiful National Park passes are accepted. Preservation Virginia members are admitted free. For further information, call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898-2410.

In addition to the weekend activities at Historic Jamestowne, guests are invited to visit Green Spring Plantation, the site of the estate of Governor Sir William Berkeley on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. - noon. The Friends of the National Park Service for Green Spring host this annual open house on the grounds of the 17th-century plantation, where the colonial government met after Nathaniel Bacon destroyed Jamestown in 1676. Normally not open to the public, the open house provides an opportunity to visit this important historic site. Guests meet Governor Berkeley and Lady Frances Berkeley, and enjoy exhibits and family activities. Admission is free. Since there is no parking at Green Spring, guests park at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center and ride a courtesy shuttle bus to the site. Admission and the shuttle to this event are free.

These programs are presented jointly by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and National Park Service.

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 or call (757) 229-0412 or (757) 898-2410.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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