booksJamestown: The Buried Truth, by Dr. William Kelso

What was life really like for the band of adventurers who first set foot on the banks of the James River in 1607? The written records pertaining to the early settlers 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. Jamestown, the Buried Truth takes us literally to the soil where the Jamestown colony began 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. Dr. William Kelso, the Jamestown Rediscovery Project’s originator and Director of Research and Interpretation, provides a lively but fact-based account, framed around a narrative of the archaeological team’s exciting discoveries.

A Land as God Made it, by Dr. James Horn

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Although it was the first permanent English settlement in North America, Jamestown is too often overlooked in the writing of American history. Founded thirteen years before the Mayflower sailed, Jamestown’s courageous settlers have been overshadowed ever since by the pilgrims of Plymouth. But as historian James Horn demonstrates in this vivid and meticulously researched account, Jamestown—not Plymouth—was the true crucible of American history. Jamestown introduced slavery into English-speaking North America; it became the first of England’s colonies to adopt a representative government; and it was the site of the first white-Indian clashes over territorial expansion. This definitive and exciting account of the colony that gave rise to America was written by Dr. James Horn, who was born in Kent, England, and moved with his family to the US in 1997. Dr. Horn is currently the president and chief officer of operations with the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation at Historic Jamestowne.

Jane, by Dr. William Kelso, Dr. Beverly “Bly” Straube, Dr. James Horn, and Dr. Douglas Owsley

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In 2012 the 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 she had been cannibalized. While we may never know her true identity, we know a lot about the young woman we named “Jane.” Follow the archaeologists and the forensic scientists as they unravel her story, available for purchase as a book, a DVD, or on Blu-ray.

The Archaearium, by Dr. Beverly “Bly” Straube

This is the definitive guidebook to our archaeology museum. It was written by Beverly A. Straube, former Senior Archaeological Archaearium_Guide_Cover_scanCurator of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project and a leading expert of 17th-century artifacts and life. High-quality photographs of the artifacts accompany Straube’s text as she uses the objects themselves to 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 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 where the Archaearium now stands.