Meet Crystal!

By on 7-26-2019

Hello all you budding archaeologists and archaeology enthusiasts! My name is Crystal and I’m so excited to have rejoined the DIG! team this year after working here during its first season, way back in 2014! I am originally from Oklahoma but I’ve called Virginia my home for 15 years now. It wasn’t long after moving here that I found myself wanting to know more about the history of Virginia and what it was like...

Meet Kathleen!

By on 8-07-2019

Hi, my name is Kathleen! I am originally from Winchester, Virginia, but I just graduated down the street at the College of William and Mary in May with my Bachelors of Art in Classical Studies with a concentration in archaeology and a minor in chemistry. I found my way to archaeology through an introductory class called “Greek Art and Archaeology” which eventually lead me to do my field school training in Argilos, Greece! (Although...

Meet Jessie!

By on 7-22-2019

Hi my name is Jessie! I fell in love with archaeology at a ripe old age of 9 years old. I was fascinated with the discovery of all things old, so I decided to make a career out of it. I went to Longwood University to receive my Bachelors of Science in Anthropology and am currently in the process of finishing up my Master’s degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Applied Archaeology. My...

Welcome Back, DéShondra!

By on 7-09-2019

Hello All! I am super excited to be onboard with the Archaeological Kids’ Dig team for a second summer! My name is DéShondra Dandridge and I am originally from Glen Allen, Virginia. I graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Anthropology as well as History, with a concentration in Public History and a minor in Theatre (that was mouthful, I know!). Nevertheless, it was at JMU where I actually developed an interest...

DIG! 2019…Here We Go!

By on 5-17-2019

The Kids Dig opens for the 2019 season on Tuesday, May 28th at 9:30! This summer’s schedule includes sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (no Wednesdays). Sessions are offered at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 and 1:30. Sign up at the Colonial Street gate beginning at 9:00 a.m. Ages 5 to 16. Knees aren’t what they used to be? Visit us for the afternoon DUG! program from 3-4:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and...

Rain Rain Go Away: What Archaeologists Do When the Weather Refuses to Cooperate

By on 7-31-2018

You may have noticed we’ve been getting a LOT of rain recently here in Williamsburg, and the rain has been causing flooding in our site.  When our site is wet, even if it’s not currently raining, we can’t dig because it’s simply not safe for the kids, the archaeologists, the artifacts we hope to recover, and the site itself.  We have some hypotheses about why our site is so prone to flooding; most of the...

“Do you ever find musket balls?” Military Artifacts at the Kids Dig!

By on 7-23-2018

“Do you ever find musket balls?” Most of what we find in the Archibald Blair dig site is… trash. That’s great news for us! We can learn a lot about people’s lives from the things they throw away. Occasionally, however, we get surprised by something unusual coming out of the ground, and each of us archaeologist has a favorite. After years of teaching curious folks about muskets and how soldiers fought in the 1700’s,...