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American Artifacts: Jamestown Archaeology & Conservation (Part 3)

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Don Warmkey - Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeologist

Don Warmkey - Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeologist

Jamestown, Virginia
Saturday, May 12, 2012

On May 14, 1607, 104 English settlers landed at Jamestown Island, Virginia to establish a colony for the Virginia Company.  Thought to be lost to history, the original fort was unearthed in 1994. We visited Jamestown to learn how the story of the 1607 settlers is being revealed everyday through the study of artifacts, and how artifacts are conserved for future scholars.

This is one of three American Artifacts programs featuring archaeology at Jamestown.

Updated: Friday, May 11, 2012 at 12:36pm (ET)

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