Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Apropos of Karen Kupperman’s observation in San Diego (see our 1/10 post) that new lessons have been learned from the million-plus artifacts from the Jamestown Rediscovery dig, there is new word on their website that they are learning another.
The 400-year old heavily marked slate that they discovered during this year’s excavations of an early well at the center of James Fort (John Smith’s?) appears to offer an extraordinary opportunity for the Rediscovery team to collaborate with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute, the Folger Shakespeare Library and interested historians to analyze, read and interpret markings that may have important historical implications for Jamestowne.
There is no telling what picture of life in the days of the earliest settlers that this contemporary written artifact may tell us; it may have a profound effect on what we have believed. It could well add the growing realization that much of the pre-colonial settlement’s documentary history we have been given is tainted.
Read more about this at the January 6 posting by clicking on the headline above, or go to:
Historic Jamestowne Dig Season Ends as High-Tech Imagery and Handwriting Analysis Continue to Decipher 400-Year-Old Mystery