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Invitation to the Wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe
Pocahontas weds John Rolfe
The marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe at Jamestown's 1608 church site
Colonial Williamsburg and Preservation Virginia, in collaboration with the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Patawomeck Heritage Foundation, commemorated the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas's marriage to Englishman John Rolfe on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The ceremony was held within the footprint of the 1608 church in James Fort, the original site where the 1614 wedding took place.

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Jane's rediscovery is an Archaeology worldwide top 10

For the second time in four years, the work of the Jamestown Rediscovery staff has made Archaeology Magazine's list of Top 10 Discoveries of the Year worldwide. The find announced last May was the first forensic evidence of survival cannibalism in a European colony in North America.

The magazine wrote: "This year's discoveries span millennia, come to us from far-flung locales, and offer what archaeology can always be counted on to deliver: a close look at the astounding diversity and range of human innovation and creativity." Archaeology Magazine is published by the Archaeological Institute of America.

Jamestown archaeologists were also noted for the 2010 find of the first church structure at James Fort, the location of the wedding of Pocahontas to tobacco grower John Rolfe.

This year the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg and Preservation Virginia collaborated to confirm the fate of a young English girl that they named "Jane," though her real identity remains a mystery. The collaboration was prompted by the archaeological discovery of a partial human skull and tibia during excavation of an early 17th-century trash deposit at James Fort. The findings date to the winter of 1609-1610 -- often referred to as the "starving time" at Jamestown -- when sickness, starvation and Indian attacks led to the deaths of more than 200 men, women, and children crowded into James Fort. The forensic evidence confirms a desperate battle for survival.

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Gold memento mori ring
Gold memento mori ring
Although incredibly rare, the archaeologists do occasionally come across gold artifacts at the James Fort site. To give one a sense of how unusual it is to find a gold object, out of 2 million artifacts already recovered, only about a half dozen were made of gold. more...

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istoric Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. The site is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation on behalf of Preservation Virginia.

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Wednesday, April 23 2014 at 3:00 PM

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