Dig History Archaeology Day Camp Update

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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.

For more information about ongoing projects of the Fairfield Foundation, visit their website at http://www.fairfieldfoundation.org/

 

, and for more information about upcoming events at St. James Church, visit their website at St. James Anglican Church | Ancient Worship – Timeless Faith

 

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Archaeology Day Camp Cancelled

100_0365Science. History. Anthropology. Deductive reasoning. Archaeology demands a lot of its devotees, but the payoffs can be epic, ranging from life-changing discovery to a new appreciation for very old cultures. If your child roams your backyard with a metal detector and a shovel, combs riverbeds for arrowheads, or dreams of being the next Indiana Jones, then our archeology day-camp may be just the break that your child — and your lawn — needs.

DIG HISTORY! At the Abingdon Glebe Archaeology Day Camp in Gloucester may be just the ticket. Located at the Historic Abingdon Glebe house, the camp offers children from fourth and sixth grades the opportunity to help excavate the Abingdon Glebe historic site. The camp will run from Monday, June 26th through Wednesday, June 28th. The last day of the camp includes a field trip to an active archeological dig in Jamestown. The camp begins at 10AM and ends at 3PM. The cost is $45 payable to St. James Anglican Church. Lunch is not provided, so please pack your child’s lunch.

To register, click on the following link and download the forms.

Archeology-Camp-Registration-Form.2017

Print the form and mail it to the following address;

Archaeology Day Camp
C/O Fr. Kevin Sweeney
6124 Abingdon Glebe Ln.
Gloucester, VA 23061

or email it to kevin1sweeney@yahoo.com

 

SECOND Dig History! Archaeology Camp August 4, 5, and 6th

Archaeology Day Camp

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The Glebe – 2011

Science. History. Anthropology. Deductive reasoning. Archaeology demands a lot of its devotees, but the payoffs can be epic, ranging from life-changing discovery to a new appreciation for very old cultures. If your child roams your backyard with a metal detector and a shovel, combs riverbeds for arrowheads, or dreams of being the next Indiana Jones, then our archeology day-camp may be just the break that your child — and your lawn — needs.

DIG HISTORY! At the Abingdon Glebe Archaeology Day Camp in Gloucester may be 100_0365just the ticket. Located at the Historic Abingdon Glebe house, the camp offers children from fourth and sixth grades the opportunity to help excavate the Abingdon Glebe historic site. The camp will run from Monday, August 4th through Wednesday, August 6th. The last day of the camp includes a field trip to an active archeological dig in Jamestown. The camp begins at 10AM and ends at 3PM. The cost is $35 payable to St. James Anglican Church. Lunch will not be provided, so please pack your child’s lunch.

The camp is a joint project of St. James Anglican Church and the Fairfield Foundation. To register, please contact Fr. Kevin Sweeney at (540)476-1471, or you may click on the following link to download the registration forms;

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The camp will be take place at St. James Anglican Church which is located off of route 17 in Gloucester behind Ken Houtz Chevrolet.

A brief history of the Abingdon Glebe

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Ready for spring planting.

The Abingdon Glebe was built circa 1725 in Gloucester County. A Glebe is a tract of land that belongs to a church parish. Glebes were farmed to sustain the church and its staff. The Abingdon Glebe is located 4 miles in each direction from Ware Episcopal Church and Abingdon Episcopal Church. Originally, the priest who lived in the Abingdon Glebe served both parishes.

After the Revolution, legislation was passed that removed Virginia’s glebes from the Church of England. In 1802 the Abingdon Glebe was taken by Gloucester County and kept for use by the Peasley Free School. It was sold after 1870 with the proceeds going to the school system of Gloucester County.

In 2006, the Abingdon Glebe went full circle. Upon his death, Mr. William M. Riddick III bequeathed the historic Glebe and land to St. James Anglican Church. The 65 acre property is still a working farm, vicarage, chapel and the home of St. James Anglican Church.