Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.2f - Material Evidence at Werowocomoco and Jamestown

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the physical geography and native peoples, past and present, of Virginia by

f)  describing how archaeologists have recovered new material evidence at sites including Werowocomoco and Jamestown.

Bloom's Level: Understand

Adopted: 2008


Archaeology is the study of past human life and culture by the examination of physical remains and artifacts. 
Studying the past can help us understand, make decisions, and solve problems today.


Archaeology is another way to help people understand the past.

Recent archaeological digs have recovered new material evidence about Werowocomoco and historic Jamestown.

Why is archaeology important?

How can new findings change the understanding of history?

What was Werowocomoco?

What was Jamestown?


Identify and interpret artifacts to understand events in history. (VS.1a)

Draw conclusions and make generalizations. (VS.1d)

Interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives. (VS.1g)

Pronunciation guide:

Werowocomoco: weh-ro-wo-COM-o-co

(The pronunciation guide for this word will not be assessed on the test.)

Archaeologists study all kinds of material evidence left by people from the past.

Werowocomoco was a large Indian town used by Indian leaders for several hundred years before the English settlers came. It was the headquarters of the leader Powhatan in 1607.

Jamestown became the first permanent English settlement in North America. Archaeologists have discovered the site of the original fort. The recovered artifacts give archaeologists clues about the interactions of the English, Africans, and Indians in early Virginia.


Archaeologist, Werowocomo, Jamestown, artifact

Updated: Apr 29, 2016