Created: ca. 1610, objects; November 2013, photograph
Medium: Silver reliquary and coffin fragments
Silver Reliquary From the Grave of Gabriel Archer
This artifact, a silver box encrusted with a green patina, was excavated in 2013 from a burial site in the chancel of the first Protestant church in historic Jamestown. The box was found atop the coffin of Gabriel Archer, one of the original settlers of the Virginia colony. Archaeologists and historians at Jamestown Rediscovery speculate that this might be a Catholic reliquary, which would indicate the presence of Catholics among the early inhabitants of the English Protestant settlement. In this photograph the silver box sits stop fragments from Archer's wooden coffin.