“a homely thing, like a barn” - John SmithLike this experimental frame structure before you, most buildings found at James Fort were of earthfast or post-in-ground construction.Main structural posts were seated directly in the ground without the use of footings. Once the building disappeared, rotted posts and postholes remained. Based on the tell-tale patterns of these postholes, it is likely that the early structures were constructed in a style know as "Mud and Stud," a way of building well recorded in 17th-century documentary sources and in centuries-old standing buildings in Lincolnshire. This building had a cellar, which was the first major archaeological feature from the fort period to be identified by the Jamestown Rediscovery project. The cellar became a trash pit once the building above it fell into disrepair. Through careful excavation and water screening of the cellar fill, many thousands of late 16th- and early 17th-century artifacts were retrieved.
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|Placed By||Jamestown Rediscovery Project|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 9:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 342196 N 4119448|
|Decimal Degrees||37.20818333, -76.77833333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 12.491', W 76° 46.7'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 12' 29.46" N, 76° 46' 42" W|
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|Area Code(s)||757, 202|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Hwy Along the River, Williamsburg VA 23185, US|
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