The Archaeological Context of the 1617 Church Excavations

Author(s): David Givens

Year: 2020


This is an abstract from the session entitled "Excavating the Foundations of Representative Government: A Case Study in Interdisciplinary Historical Archaeology." , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

In 2016, the Jamestown Rediscovery team began excavations inside the 1907 Memorial Church with the intentions of locating and contextualizing the location of the oldest continuous law-making body in the Western Hemisphere. In anticipation of the construction of an interpretive exhibit within the Memorial Church, the team excavated with the intention of reconciling historic accounts with the archaeological record to accurately interpret those spaces. This paper will summarize the results of the excavations conducted over the past three years as the team prepared for the commemoration of Virginia’s General Assembly of 1619.

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The Archaeological Context of the 1617 Church Excavations. David Givens. 2020 ( tDAR id: 456966)


Temporal Keywords
17th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 725