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10 Mysterious And Creepy Items Discovered At Jamestown, Virginia

Updated 30 Aug 2019 1.7m views10 items

Jamestown, VA, is the site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Established in 1607, the colony was initially the creation of a corporation called the Virginia Company of London. One could buy shares in the new venture or travel to the area themselves. The Jamestown settlement struggled during its first two decades. The earliest residents endured a "Starving Time" that decimated the small population, and they experienced other challenging circumstances. Bad press about living conditions and life expectancy traveled back to England, and for a time it was difficult to convince people to settle in the new colony.

By the 1630s, though, things had become calmer in Jamestown. The English Civil War sent a number of royal supporters packing, and some of them went to Virginia to settle. The original settlement was essentially abandoned by the late 17th century, and for 200 years, Jamestown was largely forgotten. Many experts even insisted that the original James Fort had washed away into the James River, and - like the mysterious Roanoke Colony - it was considered lost to history.

In the early 1990s, historian and archeologist Bill Kelso insisted the original site, trod by Captain John Smith and Pocahontas, remained exactly where it was in 1607. Kelso was right. Since 1994, Preservation Virginia and Jamestown Rediscovery have carefully excavated the site marking the storied colony of Virginia. What they found is as strange as it is amazing.

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