Jamestown Rediscovery

Animation of the Day: Cast Iron Hoe, a Possible Artifact of Enslavement from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today’s animation is a cast iron hoe that was recovered archaeologically at Jamestown and is held in trust within the collections at Jamestown Rediscovery. The late 17th context for this artifact suggests that it was likely used by an enslaved laborer of African descent.

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Animation of the Day: Bacon’s Rebellion Bomb Fragment from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today’s animation is an iron alloy bomb fragment recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery. This object was involved in the September 19, 1676 attack led by Nathaniel Bacon against the colonial capital and Governor William Berkely.

French soldier with bomb, ca. 1660-1696. Adapted from Plate 61, Racinet's Full-Color Pictorial History of Western Costume,  1987, Dover Publications, Inc.

French soldier with bomb, ca. 1660-1696. Adapted from Plate 61, Racinet’s Full-Color Pictorial History of Western Costume, 1987, Dover Publications, Inc.

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Animation of the Day: Delft Jar Base from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today’s animation is a fragment from the base of a delft jar recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery. This vessel fragment was scanned on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Jamestown Rediscovery, along with a fragment that mends with this artifact. This latter fragment was animated and posted here.

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Animation of the Day: Delft Jar Base from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is the base of a delft jar recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery. This vessel fragment was scanned on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Jamestown Rediscovery, along with a fragment that mends with this artifact.

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Animation of the Day: Modified Elk Antler from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today’s animation is an elk antler recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery. The elk antler is pierced with two holes used to secure it to a wall or post to be used as a hook, and one of the iron alloy nails is still present in the hook.  The fragile nature of this mended object made it challenging to handle for the 3D scanning process, and a portion of one surface was not captured in the final scan.  The entire shape of the object was, however.

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Animation of the Day: Map of Jamestown by a Spanish Spy

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today’s animation is 1608 map of Jamestown made by a Spanish spy that has been converted into a 3D illustration. The cross in the center of the map represents a 1608 church recently excavated by Jamestown Rediscovery, as detailed here.

 

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Animated Object of the Day: 17th Century White Clay Basketry Impression Vessel Base Fragment from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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Today’s animation is the base of a white clay basketry impressed vessel recovered archaeologically by  Jamestown Rediscovery. White clay was impressed on the interior of an American Indian basket in the early 17th century, presumably by tobacco pipe maker Robert Cotton.  The basket did not survive the passage of time, but the negative impression did.  Prior to the reconstruction of the mostly complete vessel, the Virtual Curation Laboratory scanned a single sherd, as detailed here. Lauren Volkers and I scanned the reconstructed vessel on March 5, 2014, as detailed here. An insufficient number of sherds existed to connect the base fragment to the rest of the vessel, but it is separately of interest because it does preserve the starting point for the basket.

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Animation of the Day: Close Burgonet Helmet from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a a close helmet excavated in 2007 by  Jamestown Rediscovery. The helmet was carefully conserved in the shape in which it was found, with the visor bent away from the bevor, as detailed here Physically unbending the metal helmet could damage the actual object, but this is not a restriction with digitally unbending. This particular animation derives from a 3D scan using a Sense 3D scanner, which is relatively crude for this purpose, but nonetheless illustrates the potential of digital reconstruction and manipulation of archaeological items distorted from their original shapes.  The close helmet will be rescanned with a NextEngine Desktop 3D scanner in the near future.

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Animation of the Day: Sturgeon Scute from Modern Sturgeon

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a scute from a modern sturgeon loaned to the VCL by  Jamestown Rediscovery. This scute will be used in public outreach and educational programs to highlight the differences in size between the much larger 17th century sturgeons and their descendants today. A 17th century scute is highlighted in this animation.

 

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Animated Object of the Day: Early 17th Century Smoking Pipe from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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Today’s animation is an early 17th century smoking pipe that was scanned in Jamestown Rediscovery‘s archaeological laboratory. This pipe was scanned as part of an effort to create a digital type collection of temporally diagnostic pipe forms, which will also be replicated using a 3D printer.

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