TITLE: Jamestown Rediscovery

ACCESS: http://www.apva.org/jr.html

The Association for Preservation of Virginia Antiquities has conducted archeological research on Jamestown Island since 1994. It maintains Jamestown Rediscovery as a source of information about the project.

The site is well organized, making it easy to find desired information. A section on "Findings" contains maps of the two main excavation areas with interactive links to information about significant discoveries and locations within each site. Another section has links to two online exhibits. One showcases the history of the project and many of the artifacts recovered, while the second illustrates techniques used by archeologists in performing their work. The site also contains a history of the Jamestown settlement with information on key figures and events including a historical timeline.

Links to research sources include a refereed e-journal, the Journal of the Jamestown Rediscovery Center. One link points to technical information about ceramics discovered at the site. Of particular interest to students are several interactive exercises illustrating how archeological research is performed. Finally, there is a link to information about the Jamestown 2007 Conference, a comparative historical and archaeological project conducted by a consortium of institutions and sites. Much of this information is limited but may be expected to grow as the project proceeds.

A number of publications are available from the Association via links to the online store. Also in the publications section are a series of interim field reports for the years 1994-1999. These can be downloaded in .pdf format and contain descriptions of the work done and major discoveries during each year. Contact information includes links to the parent organization, the staff office and the program director. Finally, a link to a donations page offers a way for interested users to provide financial contributions to the project.

Overall, the site is very nicely designed. More recent information is lacking although the site has a copyright date of 2003. For example, the interim field reports stop at 1999 and the two online exhibitions are derived from displays hosted during 1998 and 1999. The single online issue of the e-journal is dated January 2001. One wonders if the project is still as active as it was in the 1990s.

In spite of the lack of more recent material, the site will be useful for anyone interested in the history of early Jamestown or early colonial artifacts and culture.

Mark A. Stoffan
Western North Carolina Library Network

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