All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

American Artifacts: Jamestown Archaeology Lab (Part 2)

Bly Straube in the Jamestown Artifacts

Bly Straube in the Jamestown Artifacts "Vault"

Jamestown Island, Virginia
Sunday, January 15, 2012

American History TV visited the Jamestown Rediscovery project's archaeology and conservation labs to learn how history is revealed through artifacts. The original 1607 English fort was discovered in 1994, and over a million objects have been unearthed and catalogued since then.  In a related American Artifacts program, we took a tour of the current excavation sites. Part two of a three-part series.

Updated: Friday, May 4, 2012 at 9:41am (ET)

Related Events

American Artifacts: Jamestown Rediscovery Project (Part 1)
Sunday, January 8, 2012     

The original 1607 English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia had long been considered lost under the James River. Then, in 1994, archaeologist and historian Bill Kelso found evidence of the site. Since then, the Jamestown Rediscovery Project has unearthed more than a million artifacts, including many complete skeletons of the settlers. American History TV visited Jamestown for an “in the trenches” archaeology tour with Mr. Kelso, the project director. Part one of a three-part series.

A Look Back at the Founding of Jamestown
Saturday, May 14, 2011     

Four centuries after the founding of Jamestown in May of 1607, the area near the settlement has become an active place of study for archeologists.

American Artifacts: Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab
Sunday, December 19, 2010     

C-SPAN visited the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab in St. Leonard, Maryland to learn more about work at the facility. About eight million objects are housed at the "MAC Lab."

American Artifacts: Monocacy Slave Quarters
Sunday, January 2, 2011     

Joy Beasley, Cultural Resources Program manager at Monocacy National Battlefield, describes the recent discovery and effort to excavate a 200 year-old slave quarters. The discovery took place on the National Park Service property near the site of the Best Family Farm, built in the 1790s by a family of French Caribbean immigrants who owned about ninety slaves.

The Presidency: First Ladies & Fashion
Sunday     

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library hosts author Annette Dunlap as she explores the evolution of first ladies’ fashion. She chronicles the impact fashion had on the public image of the women living in the White House and what their wardrobe choices reveal about the times in which they lived.  

"The Classical Liberal Constitution"
Sunday     

This is a conversation about the new book, “The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government.” Featured are the book's author, New York University Law School professor Richard Epstein, and University of Pennsylvania Law School professor, Theodore Ruger. They debate the ideas put forth in Epstein's book about the powers of the federal government outlined in the Constitution. The National Constitution Center hosted this event and its president, Jeffrey Rosen, moderated the discussion.  

American Artifacts: JFK Assassination Records
Sunday     

A visit to National Archives in College Park, Maryland to learn about the vast collection of artifacts related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Martha Wagner Murphy, Head of the Special Access and Freedom of Information Act staff appears to discuss how records are preserved, including the so-called "magic bullet," Oswald's rifle, and the Zapruder film.

Missouri’s German-American Community During WWI
Sunday     

Author and history professor Petra DeWitt talks about the Missouri home front during World War I. German-Americans made up one of the largest immigrant groups in the state at the time and were often scrutinized merely for being German. Professor DeWitt argues that this was not just because of federal doctrines like the Espionage Act and Sedition Act, but that local authorities and individuals were harsher judges of patriotism. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event.

Reel America: "The City" - 1939
Sunday     

This documentary was originally produced for the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. The film argues that modern cities are unhealthy, and that planned communities such as the new Greenbelt, Maryland with clean air and safe areas for children to play are a better option. The Library of Congress selected the film for preservation as part of the National Film Registry in 1998.  

U.S. Military Tactics in Vietnam
Sunday     

Author and West Point history professor Colonel Gregory Daddis discusses U.S. military strategy during the Vietnam War, focusing on the leadership of General William Westmoreland.

Share This Event Via Social Media
In Depth: Joan Biskupic