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GSSI Collaborates with Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation

By [email protected] - 7th January 2019 - 12:23

GSSI archaeologists Dan Welch and Peter Leach brought new GPR equipment to sense what lies beneath Jamestown. Jamestown, known for being the first permanent English settlement in the New World, will be commemorating the 400th-anniversary of the first arrival of the first Africans, in 2019. Building on the success of the work on the first Africans, Dan and Peter returned to Jamestown this summer to help solve a new problem: the site of the first General Assembly in the New World. This site is located inside the Memorial Church, a brick structure built over the original foundation in 1906. Under the floor of the modern church were at least three iterations of churches, all built on top of an original timber-framed structure constructed in 1617. The goal of the archaeologists is to define the 1617 church and the location where the assembly met prior to the space being converted into a museum in the spring of 2019.