Historic Jamestowne opens new exhibit

Photo courtesy Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A new exhibit at Historic Jamestowne is detailing new information about the material world of Virginia’s native peoples and their interaction with the English settlers.

“The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed” draws from thousands of archaeological artifacts found at James Fort.

A trove of Indian-made clay pipes, pots, shell beads, projectile points, and bone and stone tools have been found in the earliest living areas and trash deposits of the fort.

Officials say the artifacts have illuminated the lifeways of the Chesapeake’s Indian peoples in the early contact period of 1607 to 1614 at Jamestown.

Featured artifacts reveal that there was more interaction and familiarity between the Powhatans and English within the fort during the early period than is reflected in the historic record.

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