Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Site of Habitation
Thousands of years ago, when the island was larger and drier, Jamestown was more suitable for permanent habitation. In fact, archaeologists have excavated hearths from the 2,000-year-old campsites. Nearby, they found pottery and evidence of stone tool-making. Soil core samples recovered by geologists revealed evidence of buried cornfields cultivated by American Indians long before the English arrived.
However, by 1607, the local Paspahegh hunted and fished here but did not occupy the island. When the colonists arrived, they presumed that the island was unoccupied (one of the prerequisites for the location of their settlement), not realizing the land was still in use.
...when they go Hunting into the Out-lands, they commonly go out for the whole Season, with their Wives and Family. At the Place where they find the most Game, they build up a convenient Number of small Cabbins, wherein they live during the Season.
Robert Beverley, History and Present State of Virginia, 1705
Prehistoric Indian campsite hearth, excavated during the 1994-1995 island survey
Topics. This historical Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1607.
Location. 37° 12.17′ N, 76° 44.283′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Island Drive, 2.4 miles east of Colonial Parkway, on the right. Located at the head of the Black Point trail on Jamestown Island. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Iron for Corn (a few steps from this marker); The Golden Weed (approx. ¼ mile away); Silk Worn and Silk Spun (approx. 0.6 miles away); Virginia’s Vintage (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bowl, Pot, and Pipe (approx. 0.6 miles away); Glebe Land (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jamestown Island (approx. 0.8 miles away); Early Medical Discoveries (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
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