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March 27, 2012

Colonial Williamsburg Presents Archaeology Opening Day at Historic Jamestowne April 7

“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.

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 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.

Guests 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. Guests can also enjoy lunch or a snack by the James River at the Dale House Café.

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.

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. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

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 www.history.org.

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