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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)

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