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Posted on: August 22, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Archaeology of Virginia’s Invisible Century, 1607-1699 - Monday, September 10, 7-8 pm

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Nick Luccketti, President and Principal Archaeologist for the James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc., presents "Archaeology of Virginia’s Invisible Century, 1607-1699" as part of the Hampton History Museum’s Port Hampton Lecture Series on Monday, September 10, 7-8 pm.

With only a handful of above ground structures and the loss of many Tidewater county records during the Civil War, one could argue that the history of Virginia’s first century is largely invisible. However, archeological excavations by several organizations since the 1970s, principally along the James River valley, have uncovered a wealth of information on the architecture, material culture, and landscape of a variety of sites including fortifications, early farmsteads, emerging plantations, slave quarters, and manufacturing sites.

In his illustrated presentation, Luccketti will begin with a look at John Smith’s “New Forte” built in 1609 followed by an overview of excavated sites that highlight the evolution of settlements in the 17th-century.  He will conclude with John Custis II’s Eastern Shore Arlington Plantation from around 1674, which retired Colonial Williamsburg Foundation research vice-president Cary Carson has described as the most sophisticated house in 17th century Virginia.

Nick Luccketti

Beginning as an excavator for archaeologist Bill Kelso at Kingsmill near Williamburg in 1974, Luccketti has over 40 years of experience in Virginia and North Carolina working primarily on Colonial archaeological sites.  He served for five years as the Senior Archaeologist supervising the excavation of James Fort for the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities’ Jamestown Rediscovery project.  He also was the Field Archaeologist supervising excavations of Site D and Site H at Martin’s Hundred, and the Public Hospital for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and has conducted numerous large-scale archaeological surveys and salvage excavations as the Senior Historical Archaeologist for Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission.  In 1986, Mr. Luccketti formed the James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc. which has conducted more than 600 archaeological projects over the years.  Since 2004, Mr. Luccketti has served as vice-president for archaeological research for the First Colony Foundation, a non-profit organization that undertakes research on Sir Walter Raleigh’s efforts in 1585 and 1587 to establish a colony on Roanoke Island, NC.

Hampton History Museum

Admission to the lecture is free for museum members, $5 for non-members. The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information call 757-727-1102 or visit

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