Social Studies - 2018-19

VS.2f - Material Evidence at Werowocomoco and Jamestown

The student will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between physical geography and the lives of the native peoples, past and present, of Virginia by

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


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

  • 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.

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Archaeology is a way to help people understand the past.

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


ESSENTIALS

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

Werowocomoco was a large Indian town, located on the York River, 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 Indians, English, and Africans in early Virginia.


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Updated: May 18, 2018