Loaded Pistol and Other Amazing Artifacts from a James Fort Well



This well is currently believed to be James Fort’s second well constructed around 1610. The well was excavated during the 2006 field season. In the Historic_Jamestowne_Field_Sbottom layers of the well, anaerobic or oxygen free conditions preserved the artifacts. The objects in this footage include a complete stoneware vessel called a Bartmann jug, a snaphaunce pistol (later found to be loaded once x-rayed), leather shoe fragments, a wooden bucket bottom, and finally a nearly complete halberd or ceremonial pole-arm. These artifacts are over four hundred years old.


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Danny Schmidt

Senior Staff Archaeologist

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