WASHINGTON (AP) — Archaeologists have discovered the human remains of four of the earliest leaders of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America.
Four burial sites were uncovered after more than 400 years. They were discovered in what’s left of the floor of Jamestown’s historic church. The site is the same church where Pocahontas famously married Englishman John Rolfe.
The Jamestown Rediscovery archaeology team revealed their findings Tuesday at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The museum helped study the burial sites to identify the remains.
The team identified the remains of Rev. Robert Hunt, Jamestown’s first Anglican minister; Capt. Gabriel Archer, a rival of John Smith; Sir Ferdinando Wainman, likely the first knight buried in America; and Capt. William West, who died in a fight with Powhatan Indians.