WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Brick makers from Colonial Williamsburg are helping replicate the "mud-and-stud" construction method used by Jamestown colonists.

The historic area says the tradesmen are providing expertise and hands-on assistance to the Jamestowne Rediscovery staff to duplicate the construction method used in 1607.

Much of the work over the last year has involved trying to duplicate the results from 400-year-old archaeological samples.

Officials say the construction method was fairly simple. Colonists erected a timber frame and then used a mud mix to cover it with 8-inch thick walls. After the mud dried, they sealed the walls with a solution of lime and animal fat, and added a roof.

The effort is part of the collaboration between the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Preservation Virginia to showcase the connected histories of Jamestown and Williamsburg.