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Jamestown, the Buried Truth Paperback – November 5, 2008
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The unearthing of Jamestown is truly the autopsy of America, an amazing dissection and reconstruction of four-hundred-year-old artifacts and human remains that reveal how the first settlers spent their days, how they lived and died, and what they accomplished and suffered. Without chief archaeologist William Kelso's almost mystical vision that the original site still existed and his persistence against all odds to unearth it, we would have little to rely on but legend to tell us how modern America began. Jamestown: The Buried Truth is brilliantly written, a story and adventure unlike any other that will forever change the way we think about what happened when John Smith and his brave followers sailed to Virginia in 1607 and established the first permanent English settlement.(Patricia Cornwell)
The exciting story of a momentous archaeological project, told firsthand by the scholars who uncovered the real Jamestown―the original fort from John Smith’s day. Based on information derived from thousands of artifacts uncovered amid the graves and foundations of England‚s earliest permanent settlement in America, William M. Kelso’s Jamestown, the Buried Truth tells the world what his team found―and what it means. Their scholarship is impeccable, their maps and illustrations are magnificent, and their discoveries are amazing.(Jon Kukla, author of Mr. Jefferson’s Women and A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America)
Anticipating the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Bill Kelso and APVA/Preservation Virginia began thirteen years ago the archaeological exploration of the site of England's first permanent settlement in North America. What Kelso and his team have found there since the first shovel was turned is nothing less than astounding. Evidence of everything that was built, abandoned, and then lost during Jamestown's first decades survived, literally inches beneath commemorative statues of John Smith and Pocahontas. It is clear that Kelso's discovery and excavation of James Fort is, by far, the most important archaeological event in the long and distinguished history of archaeology in Virginia and that its contributions to historical understanding of Jamestown are significant for early Virginia and for the history of the Atlantic world.(Carter L. Hudgins, Hofer Distinguished Professor of Early American Culture, University of Mary Washington)
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"Jamestown: The Buried Truth" chronicles an historical treasure rediscovered in America's backyard. William Kelso's perspectives are fresh and the history flavored with insight into the patient techniques and tools of archeology. A consummate scientist, Kelso is objective in interpreting the facts and balanced in posing scenarios where facts are absent or ambiguous. Though reading like a doctoral dissertation at times, soon enough the pages begin to turn revealing a captivating story. Published by the University of Virginia Press, this 238 page book is elegant and neatly executed. The text is complemented, not overwhelmed by photographs, maps and diagrams, many in color. Excluding footnotes, that are relegated to the back, visual aids are available for immediate reference, located adjacent to the applicable discussion.
The book is divided into five parts. The first chapter examines the written record including a selection of primary sources from journals, reports, and letters. With this as context, Kelso digs into the site's physical evidence. Included is a fascinating account of the rediscovery of James Fort, long believed lost to the adjacent river. Also included is a more tedious narrative of various buildings discovered proximal to the fort.Read more ›
It is also an enjoyable education of how archeology is currently conducted. A reader might [and indeed should] be impressed by the painstaking methodology of extracting relics, while all the time striving to record the context in which they were found. Along with what is possible in terms of scientific dating techniques.
We see that Jamestown was a very precarious place to be. Starvation was a real danger, and the colonists were simply unaware of effective agricultural methods in the New World. Those would come later, to other settlers at other colonies. At Jamestown, this ignorance carried a heavy price.
They didn't find only bodies, they found literally hundreds of thousands of small forgotten items, everything from strands of hair to kernels of unpopped corn to bits of bright finery. Kelso provides dozens of photos of these items, and some curious computer-generated drawings to show you how Jamestowners might actually have looked, alive and standing up and sporting muskets. One corpse he calls "The First Lady" of Jamestown, buried in a white pine coffin with its nails surviving, and among the relics was an "eggshell-like" skull with five teeth remaining, and thanks to fleuroscopy and CGI we turn the page and voila, there's a picture of the first lady's skull, and next to it, her head while alive, smiling and looking arch, with great swooping eyebrows that give her the look of a red-haired Mariska Hargitay. "The image may be more reflective of the reality of rugged early Jamestown than most want to imagine. Regardless, the 1617 engraving of Pocahontas is now no longer the only existing image of an early Jamestown woman.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book, I only wish I had read it BEFORE my visit to Jamestown.Published 3 months ago by Paul Nienhouse
A very enjoyable read. Plenty of diagrams and photos really round out book that would be hard to improve on.Published 3 months ago by Ron H Middlebrook
This is the guy whose curiosity and perseverance has given us the revelation and detailed scientific investigation of the site where America began. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Don Hill
good, well written, informative book, exactly the book I was looking for. delivered on time, as described and at a reasonable pricePublished 14 months ago by roger f richert
A scholarly and historical look at the Jamestown settlement and what remains from that time. A good read if you have visited Jamestown or are planning a trip there.Published 16 months ago by RKN