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June 19, 2012

Archaeology Has Gone to the Dogs at Historic Jamestowne

Dog owners are invited to bring their dogs for Barkaeology tours, evening archaeology walking tours at Historic Jamestowne, offered at 6 p.m. on June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19. This dog-friendly tour highlights the rediscovery and ongoing excavations of the 1607 James Fort.

An archaeologist will discuss the latest discoveries at the fort site. Barkaeology tours begin at 6 pm, but tour participants are welcome to arrive early to enjoy a picnic dinner by the river. Carrot Tree Kitchens will remain open, serving food and beverages until 6 p.m. at the river-side café especially for this event. Dogs are welcome on the café patio, and special dog treats will be available for purchase.

The Barkaeology tour is offered in conjunction with the Heritage Humane Society, Williamsburg, Va.

Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain on a leash. Owners will be responsible for cleaning up after their pet.

Tour tickets are $14 per person. Dogs are free but limited to two per person. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.historicjamestowne.org. For more information, call (757) 229-4997, extension 100.

Historic Jamestowne is located at 1368 Colonial Parkway on Jamestown Island, seven miles west of Williamsburg. It can be reached via the Colonial Parkway or VA State Route 31.

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 Revolutionary City 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.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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