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Updates from Colonial Williamsburg's Archaeology Department

June 14, 2015

Poesy Ring

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job as an archaeologist for Colonial Williamsburg is the opportunity to work in a public venue. Aside from talking about what I enjoy doing, I get to field questions from our visitors. Just about every day someone will ask “What is the most interesting artifact you’ve ever … Continue Reading »

May 21, 2015

Name That Archaeological Site!

Round One of “Name that Archaeological Site” was so much fun that we’ve decided to launch a second round for Throwback Thursday! Below are images of four archaeological excavations within Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. See if you can identify the site.  We’ll begin with an easy one……


Does this look familiar?


And now that you’re warmed up, can … Continue Reading »

May 11, 2015

Before the Tavern …

These two substantial postholes are part of an “earthfast” building that pre-dates Wetherburn’s Tavern.

Two weeks ago we profiled our recent investigation of a Revolutionary War era porch across the front of Wetherburn’s Tavern, and hinted at another important discovery made during our fieldwork. We are now ready for the big reveal….wait for it….a … Continue Reading »

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 »