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Part 7 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: Colonial Life through a Lens.
This 1980 documentary is Ivor Noel Hume's four-year archaeological discovery of Martin's Hundred Plantation—a 17th-century plantation that supplied many of the agricultural needs of Williamsburg.
Archaeologists excavated tens of thousands of whole and fragmentary objects, including the first known physical evidence of the 1622 Indian uprising and pieces of armor never before found in America. See how these fragile items are lifted from the ground, restored, and interpreted in the laboratory.
Extra feature: "Doorway to the Past" (1969)—Ivor Noel Hume takes viewers on a journey to several excavation sites in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area. You'll learn how experts "date" what they find and use laboratory processes to understand and protect the artifacts.
Part 7 of our Archive Series
1980 documentary on archaeological discovery of Martin's Hundred Plantation
Run time 59 minutes
Extra: "Doorway to the Past" (1969), 28 minutes