Digging Into History: Archaeology and Preservation of Virginia’s Heritage
Unlock the secrets of history alongside professional archaeologists as part of a 20-year-old archeology dig, discovering the traditions, culture and roots of Colonial Era Virginia.
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Program No. 15964RJ
6 days
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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.
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Dean Shostak
In 1991, Dean Shostak became involved in the revival of the rare and beautiful glass armonica, invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. Today, he is one of eight glass armonica players in the world, and the only musician since the 18th century to use a flywheel and foot treadle as Franklin originally designed. Dean began his musical career in Colonial Williamsburg at the age of 14, and after graduating from the University of Virginia, began to study 18th-century instruments such as the pocket violin and the hurdy-gurdy. He has now incorporated spectacular new and antique glass instruments into his show, including the glass violin and crystal handbells. Dean has emerged as a nationally acclaimed touring artist, and his music has been featured on numerous television and radio programs including Voice of America, The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, NPR's All Things Considered and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
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Dean Shostak
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