Meet a Kids Dig Archaeologist! DéShondra

By on 6-25-2018

Hello All! My name is DéShondra Dandridge and I am originally from Glen Allen, Virginia. As a child I have also wanted to pursue a career in Museums. I enjoyed visiting museums around the Richmond and D.C. area and learning about history. Going through the various exhibits and seeing how it could affect an individual resonated with me.  With that being said, I made it my mission to become involved in various museum organizations,...

We’re Back! Off to a Soggy Start

By on 5-30-2018

Kids Dig! has returned for another exciting start, but the weather is having other ideas. Dave, one of our dedicated volunteers seen in the photo, is thinking dry thoughts for us and we should be digging by the end of the week.  Come check out the site!  It’s a little damp and muddy but the crew is in good spirits and we are all excited to get digging soon.  We have some exciting things...

Welcome Back Tyler Wednesday!

By on 10-04-2017

This afternoon we had a visit from our friend Tyler who moved to Pennsylvania early in the year.  As you can see from the picture above (taken today) and the picture to the right taken in March when we last saw Tyler, we’ve made a lot of progress at DIG!  Actually, YOU have made a lot of progress. In 2017 alone, 5328 of you took up trowels to help us re-excavate Archibald Blair’s 1717...

Glass!

By on 8-26-2017

Every day on our site, we find a rainbow of different colored bottle glass. We often get questions about these different colors. Does green glass mean that the bottle held wine? What can color actually tell us?   In order to make glass, three basic ingredients are required: sand, soda-ash, and lime (not the fruit, but the mineral). When heating these three ingredients together, the iron found naturally in sand turns the glass green....

Eclipsed!

By on 8-22-2017

How often do you see this? On Monday afternoon at 1:30, our final DIG! session of the day was empty. No one showed up! Where was everyone? They were probably on Palace Green watching the eclipse through 18th century telescopes. DIG!, it seems, was eclipsed!   So what does a DIG! team do for an unexpected free hour? We dug by ourselves for a while, which seemed strangely quiet. Then we made our own pinhole viewers, so we...