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Archaeologic

Updates from Colonial Williamsburg's Archaeology Department

April 21, 2015

Wetherburn’s Tavern Porch

Among the signs of spring in the Historic Area is the return of archaeologists to the field. Beginning in March, visitors may have noticed a small excavation along Duke of Gloucester Street in front of Wetherburn’s Tavern. Want to know why archaeologists picked that spot, and what they found? Read on:

Recent excavation … Continue Reading »

April 9, 2015

Name that Archaeological Site!

For this (Throwback) Thursday, an archaeological game: Below are images of three sites that were excavated within Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Two of the images include landmarks that should help identify the location. The third image is of an “iconic” discovery. Care to try your luck guessing the sites? And for any over-achievers out there, try naming the decade. … Continue Reading »

February 13, 2015

What’s in a Name?

The reconstructed Armoury Tin Shop, 2012.

In 1932 Colonial Williamsburg architects uncovered the brick foundations of a 16 by 24-foot building on colonial lot 17, next door to James Anderson’s

Figure 1. 1932 archaeology of the “tin shop”.

Publick Armoury (Figure 1). A reference made to this building in an early 19th century will … Continue Reading »

January 30, 2015

Histories.

Detail of a 1928 aerial photograph showing Nicholson Street (upper left to lower right) at Botetourt.

When we talk about history at Colonial Williamsburg, it’s the 18th century that comes first to mind. While the 18th century is certainly our research and interpretive focus, archaeologists spend a great deal of time (literally) sifting and … Continue Reading »

December 31, 2014

Places We’ve Been and Some Things We Have Found in 2014

This has been an exciting year for Colonial Williamsburg archaeologists. In case you missed it, here are a few of the highlights. Click on the images for a better view, and for a bit of text describing the action. Happy New Year!

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December 4, 2014

Taking a closer look

Colonial Williamsburg’s Archaeological Conservation Lab.

 

Viewing artifacts through a microscope helps archaeological conservator Emily Williams to clean with more precision.

I spent much of this morning peering through a microscope at a little lump of corrosion that got smaller and smaller as I carefully picked away at it with a scalpel, until slowly … Continue Reading »