Objects belonging to Jamestown colonists 400 years ago, unearthed from the long lost James Fort site, are presented to the public for the first time in the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, a new exhibition facility at Historic Jamestowne. The new facility showcases the findings of the world-renowned archaeological discoveries at the first permanent English settlement in the New World, the birthplace of America.
Exhibits focus on the Virginia Company period and reveal a new understanding of the first English settlers, their relationship with the Virginia Indians, their endeavors and struggles, and how they lived, died, and shaped a new society. Visitors will discover how archaeologists found the fort and encounter displays of arms and armor, medical instruments, personal objects, ceramics, tools, coins, trade items, musical instruments, games, amusements, and food remains. Interactive virtual viewers overlooking the site will virtually transport visitors back in time and show and tell them where objects were recovered and what the fort looked like 400 years ago. The viewers also include videos showing the remains of buildings, wells, and artifacts as they were unearthed.
has recovered over a million artifacts during the excavations in and around the original 1607 James Fort site. At the links below you will find examples of what we have found, and a sampling of the artifacts you can see and learn about in our Voorhees Archaearium
. Come visit us, and come back often. Our Archaearium collection changes periodically to reflect new finds, and if you come during the digging season, you likely will experience the moment of discovery as we reveal more of "The Buried Truth"
of America's birthplace.
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