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The Virginia Company The Virginia Company Jamestown Settlement Jamestown Settlement Forts Forts
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Early Colonial Settlement - woodcut
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Fort James – Virginia http://www.apva.org/finding/index.html Excavation since 1994 has uncovered hundreds of thousands of artifacts dating to the first half of the 17th century. Nearly half of the objects date to the first years of English settlement (1607-1610). The site of James Fort was not washed into the river as most people believed for the past 200 years. We have uncovered over 250 feet of two palisade wall lines, the east cannon projection (bulwark), three filled in cellars, and a building, all part of the triangular James Fort.
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The excavation sites 1 = well 2 = Burials 3 = Barracks? 4 = S. Palisade 5 = E. Bulwarks 6 = Powder Magazine 7 = John White’s 8 = “out” building 9 = Church 10 = N. Church 11 = N. Bulwark 12 = Pocahontas Statue
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1. Well
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2. Burials Drawing showing the proximity of the two burials excavated by Jamestown Rediscovery . Burial 1 -- JR 102C A young man with a bullet shattered leg. Burial 2 -- JR 156C An older woman with surviving coffin wood. The skeleton was that of a white male, only 18-20 years of age. He was about 5'9" and slightly built, but with a fairly strong upper body. His teeth and bones show no signs of early childhood diseases. His right leg is broken and twisted below the knee, where the young man was shot. A lead musket ball and smaller lead shot remain on and within the bone. This wound, and the resulting loss of blood was the likely cause of death. There appears to have been no attempt to remove the lead, or to set the leg, and no healing took place in the bone prior to death. There is no evidence indicating additional wounds to the body. The young man was buried in a six-sided, flat lidded coffin, which was shown by soil stains from the decayed wood, and by the rusted iron nails used to build it. The fact that he was buried in a coffin may suggest that he had a gentleman's status.
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3. Barracks After the building went down or at least part of it, the cellar expanded apparently to acquire clay material for plastering (daubing) the walls of a building. These pits were probably used for mixing the daub as well, with the central shaft supplying ground water. In the central shaft we found the impressions of marsh grasses that
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