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;...

Do You Find Jewelry and Coins?

By on 7-11-2017

We hear this question almost every day. And almost every day we patiently explain that archaeologists usually recover (there is no easy way to say it) trash.  Common household objects that have been broken, discarded, or are no longer useful become the clues that archaeologists use to tell interesting stories about how people lived in the past. Only very, very rarely do we find artifacts that are considered “valuable” . Well, this has been an unusual week! The artifact that you see in...

Happy 4th from the DIG! Team!

By on 7-04-2017

What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with watermelon? Your friends here at DIG! are not just about archaeology. This year we have decided to engage in a friendly watermelon-growing competition with our neighbor across the fence: Ed the planter. Yes, his skills are a little intimidating. Take a look at his corn towering over our backdirt pile! But we, here at DIG!, know our watermelon, and so we believe we can...