Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Major Honor for Bill Kelso and Jamestown Rediscovery

Archaeology is an important tool to better understand history. What’s being done at the Jamestown Rediscovery project is literally uncovering new knowledge and appreciation for the first permanent English settlement in America, where our nation was born. Dr. William Kelso initiated and has established the project as America’s most important archaeological dig. He has inspired others to look more closely at the colony’s earliest years and place in our history.

Kelso imparted some of this to Queen Elizabeth II on her 2007 tour of Historic Jamestown, as she will soon name him an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his achievements in exploring and educating us about the site where those first immigrants tenaciously established the first extension of English culture, customs and governance to the New World.

The CBE is one of Britain’s highest honors given to Americans. Other recipients have included former presidents George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, entertainer Bob Hope, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Bill Gates and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

The honor was announced on May 5 by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which jointly administers Historic Jamestown (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) with the National Park Service.

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