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Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Archaearium

 
 
The Archaearium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. The Archaearium Marker
Inscription. In front of you is the “Archaearium,” an archaeological museum of early Jamestown history. Its exhibits explore both the James Fort excavations and those of the site above which it sits – the Statehouse, the first building built specifically for government in English North America.

This site was selected for its proximity to James Fort, with great views toward the fort that enhance visitors’ understanding of the links between the site and its artifacts. It also allows some of the archaeology of the Statehouse to be directly interpreted under visitors’ feet.

The building itself is technically advanced. It is situated in a “clean zone,” meaning archaeological investigations were conducted so that its pile foundations do not bear on historic resources. Special piles and structural cantilevers allow the building to appear to hover lightly over a small base.

The copper cladding will weather over time, in harmony with the landscape. It also reflects the importance of copper to Virginia Indian society and to the English colonists, who traded it for food. Many “green” building technologies were also incorporated, including geothermal heating and cooling, low water consumption, and maximized use of daylight.
 
Erected by Colonial National
Marker in Historic Jamestown image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker in Historic Jamestown
Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 12.623′ N, 76° 46.835′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Colonial Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in the "Old Towne" section of the Historic Jamestown unit of Colonial National Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. These Foundations (here, next to this marker); The English Inns of Court (a few steps from this marker); Statehouse Foundations (a few steps from this marker); The Statehouse (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of Early Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); Sealing of the Magna Carta (within shouting distance of this marker); The Site of the First Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Hunt (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains an illustration of the foundations of the statehouse. It has a caption of “The foundation plan shown in black is a response to the structures discovered through archaeology.”
 
Also see . . .
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By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
3. Jamestown Markers
The statehouse foundations and the James River can be seen here. The back of the marker is visible to the left of the photo.

1. Historic Jamestowne. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Historic Jamestowne. Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. The site is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. (Submitted on March 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Buildings
 
Markers at Jamestown image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
4. Markers at Jamestown
Several markers are found at this location in the Old Towne of Jamestown. The Archaearium Marker on the right.
The Archaearium image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 21, 2010
5. The Archaearium
The Archaearium image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 21, 2010
6. The Archaearium
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 604 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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