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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (90 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William M. Kelso Narrator: Rick Adamso Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What was life really like for the band of adventurers who first set foot on the banks of the James River in 1607? Important as the accomplishments of these men and women were, the written records pertaining to them are scarce, ambiguous, and often conflicting, and those curious about the birthplace of the United States are left to turn to dramatic and often highly fictionalized reports.

In Jamestown, the Buried Truth, William Kelso takes us literally to the soil where the Jamestown colony began, unearthing the James Fort and its contents to reveal fascinating evidence of the lives and deaths of the first settlers, of their endeavors and struggles, and of their relationships with the Virginia Indians. He offers up a lively but fact-based account, framed around a narrative of the archaeological team's exciting discoveries.

Once thought to have been washed away by the James River, James Fort still retains much of its structure, including palisade walls, bulwarks, interior buildings, a well, a warehouse, and several pits, and more than 500,000 objects have been cataloged. Dr. Kelso and his team of archaeologists have discovered the lost burial of one of Jamestown's early leaders, presumed to be Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, and the remains of several other early settlers, including a young man who died of a musket ball wound. In addition, they've uncovered and analyzed the remains of the foundations of Jamestown's massive capitol building. Refuting the now decades-old stereotype that attributed the high mortality rate of the Jamestown settlers to their laziness and ineptitude, Jamestown, the Buried Truth produces a vivid picture of the settlement that is far more complex, incorporating the most recent archaeology to give Jamestown its rightful place in history and thus contributing to a broader understanding of the transatlantic world. The book is published by University of Virginia Press.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Frederick Bingham | 10/8/2013

    " This book describes the discovery of the original fort at Jamestown by the archaeologist who found it. I learned about the book on a tour I took at the site. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Donna | 10/3/2012

    " Way too detailed. Some points were beaten to death so is was really hard to read and keep my interest. I liked to read about the people and their lives. Some of the expainations as to why certain things were done was very interesting. This is not a book for the casual reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 4/11/2012

    " Great archaeological study of Jamestown. It's really best as part of a bigger historiography of the topic - I would recommend it along with other histories of the colony. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erin Estes | 10/6/2011

    " makes me want to go to Cape Cod and dig for Gosnold's 1602 attempt to colonize and also the James River forts also mentioned as being similar to James Fort "

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