Discovery! Archaeology is Colonial Williamsburg’s first blog for kids. It follows the progress of this summer’s new outdoor program called “DIG! Kids, Dirt & Discovery” in which children are working with archaeologists to excavate an 18th-century cellar. Through this blog, we can continue the conversation that started on-site. You can see what we’re working on, ask questions, even send us artwork. We hope you’ll contribute! For those of you who aren’t able to join us in Williamsburg, we hope this blog will allow you to follow the excitement.
The site selected for “DIG!: Kids, Dirt & Discovery” is the Archibald Blair storehouse, which was built around 1717. We don’t know when it was torn down, but its brick cellar still survives below the ground. In 1946, excavators uncovered that cellar, made drawings of it and then buried it again — apparently with many of its artifacts. This summer’s participants will be “re-recovering” what was left behind.
So what will we learn? Discovered 18th-century artifacts will provide a window on daily lives and activities of people who lived here long ago: what they ate, how they spent their free time, and what items they chose to buy. But we also want to learn about archaeology in the 1940s: Which artifacts did excavators think were unimportant and what does that say about what they wanted to know about the past?
How will it all turn out? Like any archaeological project, we won’t know until we dig in!