Jamestown Archaeology Exhibit at Atkinson Museum

Bartmann Jug
Also on display is the Bartmann jug, a sixteenth-century stoneware container similar to one excavated from the Jamestowne Fort archaeological site. 
BARTMANN JUG PHOTO COURTESY OF APVA PRESERVATION VIRGINIA.

On loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition Uncovering Home: A Visual Essay on Jamestown Archaeology will open on Thursday, January 18, 2007, at the Atkinson Museum on the Hampden-Sydney College campus and will remain on view through February 10.  The exhibition contains twelve 22"x 30" panels that combine text and images.

What's new on Jamestown Island? Archaeologists are uncovering James Fort's oldest artifacts and creating a revised picture of life in the first permanent English settlement in America.

Uncovering Home: A Visual Essay on Jamestown Archaeology revisits the story of Jamestown through the eyes of the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists at Historic Jamestown, a project of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA). Digging through layers of time, these archaeologists continue to uncover new information that changes our understanding of the colonists, the Virginia Company, the Virginia Indians, and much more.  Using historical archaeology - a field of study that investigates how Europeans explored, colonized, and subsequently changed other parts of the world since the fifteenth century - the Jamestown Rediscovery experts take full advantage of written records, artifacts, and comparisons with similar archaeological sites.  The twelve panels in Uncovering Home illustrate how this interdisciplinary approach has changed what we know about Jamestown.

In the words of Dr. William Kelso, Director of Archaeology for Jamestown Rediscovery, "The evidence we uncover...gives us a better opportunity to let Jamestown teach us what it means to be American.  This is the birthplace of modern America, and these were the people who began to mold our sense of national identity.  Knowing more about Jamestown's beginnings is like understanding your childhood. It's the key to understanding how we came to be who we are as a nation today."

Research, text, and images in the exhibition have been developed with the guidance of Tonia Deetz Rock, Statewide Educational Coordinator for the Association of Virginia Antiquities (APVA).  Historic Jamestown is jointly administered by the APVA and the National Park Service.  The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Office of Statewide Partnerships (VMFA Statewide) has developed Uncovering Home:  A Visual Essay on Jamestown Archaeology with the assistance of the APVA and with support from Jamestown 2007 and The Council of VMFA.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Museum's regular visiting hours: Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 - 5 PM. For more information on the exhibition, please contact Angie Way, Director of the Museum, at (434) 223-6134.