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September 11, 2007

Find out about the latest discoveries in Jamestown during 2007 lecture series

“Preservation and Exploration in the Shadow of John Smith: The 2007 Jamestown Lecture Series” kicks off in October at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. Lectures include:

  • Jamestown, More Buried Truth, Dr. William Kelso, director of archaeology, APVA Preservation Virginia, Oct. 9. Hear about the plans behind the excavations and discovery of the remains of James Fort. The lecture includes updates on the most current discoveries from the ongoing excavations during 2007, and the exciting events surrounding the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown.
  • From Goats to Griffins: Animals, Real and Imaginary at Jamestown, Bly Straube, Senior Curator, Jamestown Rediscovery, Oct. 30. The archaeological investigations of James Fort have revealed that many animals, real and imaginary, accompanied the English to Virginia. Most came as livestock, but some were brought for hunting, protection, transportation, pest control or companionship. They also brought numerous imaginary animals, depicted on the many objects they transported across the ocean. These animals provided symbols by which individuals or institutions could be easily recognized in the colonial society.
  • A Special 2007 Lecture presented by NASA astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz Nov. 13. The spirits and courage of the Jamestown settlers hold many lessons and examples for today’s explorers. Listen and learn about the continued efforts in exploring worlds beyond those we know. Future plans may very well be guided by the lessons of Jamestown’s past. NASA has been a partner in the Jamestown Rediscovery project, including the recent effort in which a 17th-century Jamestown shipping tag made out of lead traveled into space aboard a space shuttle.

    Tickets for individual lectures are $10 each and are available at the Kimball Theatre box office, any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet or by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

    The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

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