Some impressive archaeological finds were also found in the well nearby. Because of the wetness of the soil there, things discarded in the well were preserved. I guess we could say they were well-preserved.
I continue to be amazed that so much of the archaeology at Historic Jamestowne has only been conducted in recent years. The location of James Fort was miscalculated, and school kids on field trips were misinformed for years, being told that the fort had been overcome by the river. Little did they know when they were told that, they were actually standing on the remains of the actual fort.
The artifacts demonstrate life in the fort and in the colony. That pretty green jug pictured above is much like the discarded beer can of today. It is the weaponry, however, that reminds us that there was reason to keep an ear to the ground. Swords, spears, muskets, cannon balls, and more give us an idea of the arsenal and training for soldiers at Jamestowne. Those spiky items that look like a child's game of jacks were scattered in a field around the fort to slow down the enemy and cripple their horses.
The room that catches my attention the most must be the room with skeletal displays, but I'll save that discussion for another report.