Thursday, August 25, 2011

Irene Has Serious Damage Potential for Jamestown Rediscovery

On the heels of our latest post, we are told that Irene's storm models are not looking very good. It appears the Jamestown dig might be directly in the path of the storm. 2003's Hurricane Isabel severely damaged the site and Irene has similar attributes, if not worse.

Jamestown Rediscovery's staff are taking all the precautions they can. Several of the archaeological excavations are covered with tarps and weighted down with heavy sandbags. The site which was the extension of the fort’s wall had been reburied. The big problem will be the 1608 church site which is so close to the river and so large.

One of the concerns is the stability of the mid-17th century church tower, the only remaining significant colonial structure on the island. There may be a need to fund its repair, which could also offer the opportunity to determine a more exact date of its construction, which has been a mystery.

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