Williamsburg (Virginia)
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.
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
Moderately Challenging
Extensive physical activity, working on hands and knees.
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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Stephen Christoff
Stephen Christoff has been a musical fixture at Colonial Williamsburg for more than 15 years. Since 2006, he has performed his one-man show called "Seller of Songs" at the Hennage Theater in Colonial Williamsburg to sell-out audiences and rave reviews. In 2007, Stephen was a member of a collaborative performance team that played over 100 performances of "American Musicworks," a signature show designed for the Dewitt Wallace Galleries folk art exhibition, and also performed for the Jamestown 2007, Godspeed Sail and Landing Party Festival. He has headlined at locations including Mount Vernon, Chestertown Tea Party Festival, Virginia's Yorktown Celebration Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The Library of Congress, The Black Swamp Arts Festival and Disney's Epcot Center.
Dean Shostak
Danielle Doughty
Nick Luccketti
Dave Hazzard
Felicity Meza-Luna
Buck Woodard
Stephen Christoff
Cindy Warner
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