Three In One: New Archaeological Investigations on the Site of Jamestown's Last Three Churches

Author(s): Mary Anna R. Hartley; Robert Chartrand

Year: 2018

Summary

Shortly after acquiring part of Jamestown Island in the 1890s, founders of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities conducted excavations around the Jamestown church tower and churchyard. The 1901-1902 excavation records and drawings indicated that they uncovered foundations, tile and brick floors, tombstones, and burials associated with three churches. The earliest foundation was interpreted as the 1617 church, where the first General Assembly met in 1619. The second foundation uncovered was for the 1639 brick church, which burned in 1676 and was replaced by a third in the 1680s. In 2016, Jamestown Rediscovery began excavations inside the 1907 Memorial Church covering the site in order to expose all previous excavation work. Using modern methods of feature documentation, such as digital mapping and drone technology, archaeologists have recovered sufficient details to provide new interpretations of all three churches.

Cite this Record

Three In One: New Archaeological Investigations on the Site of Jamestown's Last Three Churches. Mary Anna R. Hartley, Robert Chartrand. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441309)

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Temporal Keywords
17th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 943