15964
Virginia

Digging Into History: Archaeology & Preservation in Virginia

Unlock the secrets of history alongside professional archaeologists as part of a 20-year-old archaeology dig, discovering the traditions, culture and roots of Colonial Era Virginia.
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Program No. 15964RJ
Length
6 days
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1,099

At a Glance

Working with local archaeologists, assist in the surveying, plotting, excavation and preservation of important historical sites and discover artifacts that range from primitive stone tools to Revolutionary-era pottery and Civil War buttons. You’ll get right down in the dirt to take measurements, dig and sort artifacts and catalog your findings in the woods and fields.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Extensive physical activity, working on hands and knees.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • At 17th-century sites rarely open to the public, dig side by side and glean fascinating history from experienced archaeologists.
  • Enjoy lively, informative performances by musicians and “a lady of the 17th century” who will immerse you in the period you are exploring in the dig.
  • Go behind the scenes with staff of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, a 20-year-old effort that located the site of the original fort, and learn about artifacts uncovered by the Project.
Featured Expert
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Buck Woodard
Buck Woodard has been the director of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's American Indian Initiative since 2008. He has also served as an advisor to the governor of Virginia on the Virginia Council on Indians, as well as an advisor for the National Park Service, New Line Cinema, NOVA and PBS, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Buck recently earned his Ph.D. in historical anthropology at the College of William & Mary, and is an adjunct instructor of anthropology for Virginia Commonwealth University's School of World Studies. Buck has been lecturer for Road Scholar since 2006.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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