Jamestown: The Truth Revealed [2017], by William Kelso
Jamestown: The Truth Revealed, William Kelso's update to Jamestown: The Buried Truth, describes the recent excavations of numerous additional buildings, including the settlement’s first church, which served as the burial place of four Jamestown leaders, the governor’s row house during the term of Samuel Argall, and substantial dump sites, which are troves for archaeologists. He also recounts how researchers confirmed the practice of survival cannibalism in the colony following the recovery from an abandoned cellar bakery of the remains of a young English girl. Refuting the now decades-old stereotype that attributed the high mortality rate of the Jamestown settlers to their laziness and ineptitude, Jamestown: The Truth Revealed produces a vivid picture of the settlement that is far more complex, incorporating the most recent archaeology and using twenty-first-century technology to give Jamestown its rightful place in history and thus contributing to a broader understanding of the transatlantic world.
Holy Ground: Archaeology, Religion, and the First Founders of Jamestown [2016], by David Givens, Lisa Fischer, James Horn, William Kelso, Karin Bruwelheide, and Douglas Owsley
In 2013, Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists excavated the graves of four prominent men buried in the chancel of the 1608 church. But who where they? Follow the trail as archaeological evidence, forensic analysis, historical research, and cutting-edge technologies help to unravel the mystery.
Jamestown: The Buried Truth [2005] by 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 Archaeology, provides a lively but fact-based account, framed around a narrative of the archaeological team's exciting discoveries.
A Land as God Made it [2006], by James Horn
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: Starvation, Cannibalism, and Endurance at Jamestown [2013], by William Kelso, Beverly Straube, James Horn, and Douglas Owsley
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: Rediscovering Jamestown 1607-1699 [2007], by Beverly "Bly" Straube
This is the definitive guidebook to our archaeology museum. It was written by Beverly A. Straube, former Senior Archaeological Curator 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.