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June 11, 2012

James Fort Burial Secrets, Jamestown, Virginia



 Excavations at Jamestown Island inside James Fort revealed a number of graves under the remnants of building constructed in 1611.  The settlers were fearful of the Virginia Indians and, in the early years, were directed to hide the sick and bury their dead inside the fort to conceal how many or few of them were there. Of the original 104 who arrived in 1607 only 38 survived. The second photo is a list of some of the recorded deaths. In the background, tarps cover ongoing excavations.

10 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh my that must have been a disturbing discovery, I can understand their point though, about not wanting their numbers discovered, 38 is not a lot of survivors. Interesting post Darryl and Ruth.

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

From tiny acorns, mighty oaks grow!

This is Belgium said...

good history lesson, good to stop and reflect for a moment
anni

Tanya said...

we were just there a couple of weeks ago for my boys' 4th grade field trip. my husband had ancestors there too!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WOW!! Very interesting!!

Beyond Wandering said...

Wow..look at the year! So very long ago..Historical place, I suppose!

Cheri said...

Loved this post! very interesting.

Linda said...

Interesting post. I love Jamestown!

arabesque said...

oh wow! those are some very old names.
what a discovery.

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! So many lost so quickly. Thanks for the interesting information...

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