Psalm 85:11 states, “Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.”
Students from as far away as Ohio, and interns from New Jersey, gathered last week at St. James Anglican Church located at the historic Abingdon Glebe, to participate in the fifth summer of the Dig History Archaeology Day Camp.
The students learned about the relatively recent archaeological discovery of the city of Nineveh. Carved in stone in this city are pictograms depicting a person inside the body of a fish and references to a man named Jonah. There is also evidence that King Adad-Nirari III of Nineveh, who might have been king at Jonah’s time, introduced remarkable reforms to the kingdom, possibly after receiving Jonah’s message.
After a lesson on archaeological discoveries, the children learned about the history of the Abingdon Glebe. Further, they learned archaeological techniques by doing hands-on archaeology. This camp is primarily about kinesthetic learning, and the Fairfield Foundation does an excellent job of teaching archaeology and history to young people.
Tuesday afternoon, the students and teachers had an ice cream social, where the campers received an Archaeology Camp Completion Certificate.
Finally, on Wednesday the day-campers visited Historic Jamestowne and toured the ongoing archaeological dig. The children about the east-west orientation of the settlers’ graves. Christian burials were in the east-west direction, with the head at the western end of the grave. They stood beside the chancel where Pocahontas married John Rolf. This year, the campers were welcomed to the Historic Jamestowne archaeology lab where artifacts are washed, classified, and stored before they are displayed in the museum on the premises.
Among the discoveries from this year’s dig is a Spanish coin, the rim of a copper pot, a trading bead, and a window lead which could help date the age of the Glebe manse.