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Archaeologists find remains of first American colonists in Jamestown

In an announcement made on Tuesday at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, archaeologists confirmed that they have discovered the remains of four men who are thought to have been prominent leaders of Jamestown, America’s first European settlement.

Old tombs at Jamestown, Virgina.
Old tombs at Jamestown, Virgina. Image by Marc Carlson / CC BY-SA 2.0

The fascinating discovery was made at a site of a church dating from 1608, which is thought to be where Pocahontas married John Rolfe in 1614. According to forensic analysis and chemical testing made by the team, the bodies are of four high-ranking Englishmen of around 24 to 39 years old. ‘We literally came face-to-face with some of the leaders [of Jamestown] that died during the time that the church stood,’ said Bill Kelso, the lead archaeologist. Read more: wsj.com