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Williamsburg's Raleigh Tavern Revisited

Author(s): Mark Kostro

Year: 2017

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The Raleigh Tavern stands out as both a pioneering excavation in the history of historical archaeology, and as one of Colonial Williamsburg’s earliest reconstruction projects.  First excavated in 1928, the foundations recorded at the site formed the basis of a tavern reconstruction that when completed in 1932, marked the official opening of Colonial Williamsburg to the public.  In summer 2016, Colonial Williamsburg’s archaeologists revisited the iconic tavern site with the hopes of reexamining the site’s archaeological record with fresh eyes and different questions.  The current paper considers how this second look at the Raleigh has impacted our understanding of the tavern’s architecture and development, but also its ranking among no less than a half-dozen competitors within a 1-block radius.


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Williamsburg's Raleigh Tavern Revisited. Mark Kostro. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435543)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 711

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America