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  • Jamestown, The Buried Truth
    Jamestown, The Buried Truth: What was life really like for the band of adventurers who first set foot on the banks of the James River in 1607? Important as the accomplishments of these men and women were, the written records pertaining to them are scarce, ambiguous, and often conflicting, and those curious about the birthplace of the United States are left to turn to dramatic and highly fictionalized reports. In Jamestown, the Buried Truth, William Kelso takes us literally to the soil where the Jamestown colony began, unearthing the James Fort and its contents to reveal fascinating evidence of the lives and deaths of the first settlers, of their endeavors and struggles, and of their relationships with the Virginia Indians. He provides a lively but fact-based account, framed around a narrative of the archaeological team's exciting discoveries.

    Written by the project's originator and Director of Research and Interpretation, Dr. William Kelso, Jamestown, The Buried Truth is the definitive guide to the rediscovery of the original 1607 James Fort site at Historic Jamestowne.

  • Voorhees Archaearium
    The Archaearium: Rediscovering Jamestown 1607-1699 is the definitive guidebook to our newest museum. It was written by Beverly A. Straube, Senior Archaeological Curator of the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological project and a leading expert of 17th-century artifacts and life. High-quality photographs of the artifacts accompany Straube's text as she lets the objects themselves present the story of Jamestown from its beginnings in May 1607 until the capital's move to Williamsburg in 1699. Documentary evidence and contemporary paintings throughout the guide help give the artifacts historical context. A map of James Fort and an accompanying artifact legend allow the reader to see where each of the artifacts was excavated, just yards away from the Archaearium itself.

    For those about to make a trip to Historic Jamestowne, this guidebook will give a taste of what the Archaearium has to offer. It is also an excellent souvenir for past visitors. History buffs will love the wide variety of artifacts presented, from domestic to military to religious in nature, and the high-detail photographs that allow readers an intimacy with objects that were once handled by Captain John Smith, his fellow settlers, and the Native Americans they encountered 400 years ago.

  • The Story of Jane
    Jane: In late July of 2012 archaeologists excavating Jamestown's 1607 James Fort came across a startling discovery. Buried in a 400-year-old cellar were the partial skeletal remains of a young English woman. Careful forensic analysis of her bones revealed that she had been cannibalized. While we may never know her true identity, we have named the young woman Jane. Follow the archaeologists and the forensic scientists as they unravel her story. Jane's story is available for purchase as a book, a DVD or on Blu-ray. Select a link below.

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These reports represent the current thinking at the time of their publication and many of the conclusions and theories postulated at the time of their printing have changed or will change as a result of further research and excavations. They are interim reports and do not represent the final conclusions of the Jamestown Rediscovery staff.

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