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April 10, 2012

Historic Jamestowne Spring Lecture Series Tells the Story of Archaeological Discoveries and Artifacts at America’s Birthplace

The Historic Jamestowne Spring Lecture Series presents new discoveries at James Fort in two programs in April and May at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., in Williamsburg.

The first lecture is “Jamestown, Lost and Found: The Rediscovery of James Fort.” The Jamestown Rediscovery project, led by William Kelso and a team of archaeologists, continues to work to unearth the original 1607 James Fort, thought lost to James River shoreline erosion. New discoveries at the fort site add more vivid detail to the Jamestown story and to the collection of more than a million objects left buried there for more than four centuries. Join Kelso for this one-hour illustrated presentation and learn firsthand about the amazing story of the rediscovery of Jamestown and the work that continues at America’s birthplace at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.

Kelso will receive one of Britain’s highest honors when he becomes Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). The CBE is bestowed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for especially inventive and celebrated contributions in the recipient’s specific area of achievement.

The next lecture is “Surprises from the Soil: The Material World of America’s Birthplace.” Until 1994 and the archaeological discovery of James Fort, it was generally believed that there would be no new information surfacing about the early years for England’s first successful transatlantic colony. With the rediscovery of the fort, more than a million artifacts have been uncovered related to the men, women and children comprising the fabric of early Jamestown life. Bly Straube, senior archaeological curator at the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, highlights the new stories these objects tell at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17.

General admission tickets to these programs are $10 each. Tickets can be purchased at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket location or by calling 1-800-HISTORY or the Museum Store at (757) 220-7693. It is recommended that guests pick up their tickets by 5:15 p.m. and take their seats in Hennage Auditorium.

These programs are presented by Historic Jamestowne and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Guests to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology in action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. Guests can also enjoy lunch or a snack by the James River at the Dale House Café.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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