Tuesday, November 30, 2010

We add National Geographic’s Jamestown Site to our Links

We’ve added a link to National Geographic magazine’s interactive site to our list (below) as one of the more comprehensive and informative online sources for anyone wanting to learn about Jamestown.

It offers a wide variety of features, such as a tour of what Historic Jamestown (Jamestown Rediscovery) has found in the original fort, a gallery of photographs of artifacts recovered from the dig, and the insights and interpretations of several scholars, such as William Kelso, Beverly Straube, Ivor Noel Hume, James Horn and Seth Mallios. Examples of their comments include who the colonists were and why they came to Virginia, their skeletal remains that tell us about them, and the trading and gift-giving customs and patterns with and among the indigenous people.

One feature examines the ecology and environment of the times and the impact on them of the arrival of not only the English and European settlers, but what they brought with them that were not known in America, such as the honey bee as well as the more notorious bacterial and viral diseases. Charles Mann, the author of The Legacy of Jamestown; America Found and Lost in the May, 2007 National Geographic (Vol. 211, No. 8), provides an interesting interview on comments on these, among other issues.

Another feature is an examination of those indigenous Powhatan tribes and Werowocomoco, their ancestral seat of power that has been discovered after 400 years (and believed to where John Smith may have been detained, according to his account).

The most recent posting on the site reports on the discovery of some interesting personalized pipes with Indian-English designs may bear earliest known printing in English America and may have been created to promote the incipient settlement among its London backers.

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1 comment:

RockyMissouri said...

My 10th great-grandfather was George Stone, who was born in 1597 in London. He arrived to the Virginia colony in 1653...his wife was Mary Vernon. When he died in 1670, it was called, Jamestown. I do not know where he is buried...but I suspect it is around Jamestown.