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...

Find of the Day!

By on 8-09-2017

After Monday and Tuesday’s rain, the site was a mess! But take a look at what we found…or what found us.  Its a porcelain dog...

Father of WHAT?

By on 8-08-2017

  Although we spend most of our days digging, those of you who have visited us in the afternoon know that we end each day exploring the cleaner side of the archaeology. Our DUG! program changes every day, and often we’re lucky enough to have special guests come and talk to us about everything from buttons to bones to musket balls. On Tuesdays this summer, we have had a very special guest: Mr. Thomas...

Reading Artifacts

By on 7-30-2017

As you’ve likely already figured out if you’ve dug with us or read our blog, archaeologists really like artifacts. But what are artifacts? Artifacts are things people made and used. The best way to start thinking about artifacts is to look around you. Right now, I have gummy penguins, my computer, a water bottle, my keys, and my hat. If you look at all my stuff, what could you learn about me? The water...

We Have a New Exhibit!

By on 7-26-2017

One of the most important responsibilities that any archaeologist has is sharing what she or he finds. If we are not going to share the story of people who lived before us, what’s the point of digging things up?  Here at the Kids’ Dig, we do a lot of our sharing through a display case at Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center (above).  Last week, we changed our display to include recent discoveries that our participants...

Closing in on the Blair Storehouse!

By on 7-18-2017

It’s “Tell Tyler Tuesday”*– time to share the week’s biggest site news!   When visitors ask about the “best” things that we’ve found at the Blair Storehouse, we know what you mean. You want to hear about artifacts. But sometimes our most exciting discoveries aren’t artifacts at all. This week, for example, we found our first piece of the building! Yes, we have been finding pieces of the building for almost three summers now;...