Jamestown archaeologists uncover a complex and significant lead to the fort's history





Jamestown archaeologists stepped back from months of careful digging Wednesday to show off what project director William Kelso described as one of the pioneering English fort's most complex and significant architectural features.

First uncovered in mid-2006, the puzzling dark-stained patch of ground initially resembled a nearby well so richly packed with early artifacts, it required a summer of digging to explore. But as archaeologists probed farther into the slumping soil, the feature expanded dramatically in depth and size, revealing at least three successive floor levels of a large two-chamber cellar dating to the earliest days of the settlement.



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