Jamestown Rediscovery is an excavation project turned cultural attraction in Jamestown Island, Virginia. The project is run by Preservation Virginia and concentrates on archeological digs and excavations within the Jamestown Historic Cultural Site. The site is thought to be the birthplace of the United States, when English settlers landed on the shores in 1607, thus beginning the first English settlement in North America. History shows the settlers quickly began to build defenses against the native Virginia tribes, with the remains of James Fort revealing a large amount of information about the cultures that lived in the vicinity at that time. With its rich cultural history, Jamestown was the natural place for archaeologists to explore and so the birth of Jamestown Rediscovery in Historic Jamestowne began.
The project was originally planned to be a 10-year excavation beginning in 1994, but due to the success of the excavations and the need to display these findings, purpose-built buildings were created to house the artifacts and inform the public about their significance. The site now contains a museum known as the Archaearium, a visitor center, the Dale House Cafe, a 17th-century ruin of a brick tower, the Memorial Church, and a gift shop. Live talks and excavations on site are undertaken by archeologists, who show their findings to the audience. Optional tours are offered, where park rangers take visitors on a walk around the site, highlighting significant places, people, and moments through 400 years of Jamestown history. Photo: Zack Frank/Fotolia
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Things to Do in Williamsburg, VA: Historic Jamestowne
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