Enhance Archaeology & Preservation with 3D Technology 

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  • Learn hands-on archaeology excavation skills
  • See how 3D modelling is created from drone photography
  • Explore some of the regions colonial-era historic sites


Experience the thrill of re-discovering history at Fairfield Plantation. Fairfield showcased one of Virginia’s magnificent manor houses, an architectural enigma once surrounded by 7,000 acres of tobacco fields and forestland at the heart of Gloucester County, just north of Williamsburg. This project is an opportunity to try your hand at archaeology enhanced by 3D technology. AiP volunteers, known as jammers, will have a full week of activities, including instruction in excavation techniques and cutting edge 3D practices.

For full details, see the project description page: http://adventuresinpreservation.org/enhance-archaeology-preservation-with-3d-technology/

Gloucester Courthouse - Gloucester Courthouse, VA 23061, USA

Sunday: Meet and Greet; lodging check in.

Monday: Fairfield site tour, introduction to excavation

Tuesday - Friday: Excavation, 3D technology and excursions

Saturday: Project ends, but consider exploring Colonial Williamsburg or other sites in the area.

If you are arriving by air, pickup is available at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. Alternative airports include Norfolk International and Richmond International, both 90 minutes from Gloucester. Rental cars are available at both. 


Drop off is available at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

This workshop will involve hands-on archaeology during the Virginia summer. Summer in Gloucester can be hot and humid with daytime average highs of 32 C (90 F). We will be working both inside and outside. Bring sufficient clothing that is appropriate for the weather as well as protective while working. A swimsuit will come in handy, too. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent and a water bottle. Please be conscious that safety is an important issue at any work site.

  • Double occupancy lodging
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Excursions
  • Insurance while working at the site
  • Training and materials



  • Travel to Gloucester, VA
  • Visa, if needed
  • Dinners

Total payment must be received at least 45 days prior to the project start date.

  • If your choice of session is not available, you will be notified immediately, and you may choose between enrolling in another session with places available or receiving a full refund.
  • A non-refundable 50% deposit is required at the time of registration. The deposit may be applied toward attending another project only if you cancel more than 45 days prior to the project start date.
  • If you cancel more than 45 days before the start of the project and have paid the fee in full, you will receive a refund of 50% of the fee. The remaining 50% is nonrefundable.
  • No refund is possible within 45 days of project start or during the project.
  • All payments made to Adventures in Preservation by the participant to attend a project will be refunded if Adventures in Preservation cancels the project.
  • Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
Gloucester Courthouse
Gloucester Courthouse, VA 23061, USA