The activities today and for all other trips to the dig site will involve a lot of physical exertion. Be prepared to climb in and out of excavations, be on your knees in the dirt, and haul buckets of soil and artifacts. There may also be short hikes of up to a half mile through fields and woods to get to the dig site. Don't forget to bring your bug spray and sun block!
In our private dining area, start the day with a breakfast buffet offering choices such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal with toppings, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, cinnamon apples, seasonal fruit, assorted cold cereals with milk, bagels with toppings, bread for toast, and juices plus coffee, tea, water.
What better way to experience the 1600's than to meet someone who "lived" long ago? Enjoy a conversation with a delightful interpreter who will make you feel that you are truly speaking to an early colonist as she shares tales of triumphs, tragedies, and the mundane activities of daily existence. With the chief archaeologist of the sites where you will be working, next explore the long history of James City County and the wealth of historically significant locations that are situated within the bounds of what was one of the original six shires of colonial Virginia. From prehistoric sites through the 17th and 18th centuries to the Civil War and beyond, James City County offers a treasure trove for budding and expert archaeologist alike.
In our private dining area at the hotel, enjoy midday fare that may include entrée salads, pasta bar with toppings, or quiche, with fruit and a sweet treat such as pudding or cobbler plus coffee, tea, water.
After lunch board our motor coach for a drive to the designated dig site. Activities may include site plotting, soil removal, screening, and field cataloguing. Previous digs have explored colonial cellars, 16th and 17th century foundations, and farm sites. Participants have found everything from animal bones to buttons to pottery and wine bottles. The potential for unique and exciting finds is high.
Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
With an expert archaeologist, explore the very earliest European attempts to settle the Chesapeake region. Learn about the first disaster experienced by the Spanish at a site still not clearly identified. Then consider the second that saw the English in what is now North Carolina with the famous "Lost Colony". Finally investigate the settlement at Jamestown, begun in 1607, that took hold and gave the English a foothold in the New World.