Four founders of Jamestown identified this week with the news from Jamestown Rediscovery that the bodies that were exhumed in November 2013 were indeed prominent leaders of the first British colony that gave rise to modern-day America.
The bodies were exhumed from the church where Pocahontas married Captain John Rolfe in 1614, an historic location once thought to have washed out to sea. The bodies were found in the church’s chancel, indicating they were people of great status in the community.
It took two years of painstaking archeological work, genealogical and archival research, and the latest scientific techniques to identify the unearthed bones.
The remains belong to important figures who lived in Jamestown between 1607 and 1610, when the colony almost collapsed. “This was a time of food shortages, Indian attacks, and disease,” says James Horn, president of Jamestown Rediscovery. “These men helped established the colony and bring to life the challenges faced by the first […]