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August 5, 2008

Scholars uncover "The Buried Truth" among other topics during 2008 Jamestown Lecture Series

Archaeology continues to be a powerful way to revisit Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement on mainland North America. “Preservation and Exploration in the Shadow of John Smith: 2008 Jamestown Lecture Series” examines what archaeology has told scholars about 17th-century America. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

  • The Buried Truth, Oct. 7. William Kelso, director of archaeology, APVA Preservation Virginia, examines the history, research and major finds of a rediscovered Jamestown and new insights into the events of the past and the people who struggled to establish the basic traditions that have become cornerstones of American society.
  • Oyster Shells from the Jamestown Well: Environmental Data Recorders for the Early Years of the Colony, Oct. 14. Juliana M. Harding, senior marine scientist, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, will discuss information contained within 400-year-old oyster shells recovered by archaeologists from a James Fort well describing ecological and environmental conditions in the James River estuary during the early years of Jamestown.
  • Fort St. George: Archaeological Investigation of the 1607–1608 Popham Colony, Oct. 21. Jeffrey P. Brain, senior research associate, Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. The Popham colony was the first organized attempt to establish an English colony on the shores of what we now know as New England. It was planted at the mouth of the Kennebec River in the summer of 1607 and lasted for just over a year until it was abandoned in the fall of 1608. Its failure, however, was an important step in the ongoing experience of English colonization and the lessons learned at Popham contributed directly to the ultimate success of the Pilgrims.

    Tickets for individual lectures are $10 and a ticket for the entire lecture series can be purchased for $28. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

    Located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the Kimball Theatre 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.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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