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Bill Kelso Kicks Off Historic Jamestowne Spring Lecture Series

The Historic Jamestowne Spring Lecture Series kicks off with "Jamestown, Lost and Found: The Rediscovery of James Fort" presented by Bill Kelso, director of archaeology at Historic Jamestowne at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. New discoveries at James Fort will be featured in two programs in April and May at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., in Williamsburg.

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.

The next lecture in the series  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.

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