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NEW! July 28, 2015 – A team of archaeologists and scientists from the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation at Historic Jamestowne and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History has identified the remains of four men buried in a church discovered recently at Jamestown dating to 1608. This church is also where Pocahontas married John Rolfe. The identification of the men – The Rev. Robert Hunt, Captain Gabriel Archer, Sir Ferdinando Wainman, and Captain William West – reveals new information about the leaders of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent and successful English colony in America, and sheds new light on the role of religion in the colony. Learn more Right now, the bodies and artifacts remain at the Smithsonian in DC, but visitors can see the grave sites where they were discovered. Each day at 11 am and 2 pm, Historic Jamestowne offers archaeological tours that focus on the discoveries. Walk in the footsteps of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and the men and women who settled England’s first permanent colony in North America in 1607. Jamestown served as the 17th-century capital of Virginia and saw the establishment of the customs, laws and government still practiced in our nation today. Archaeology at James Fort Explore the original site of 1607 James Fort as archaeologists uncover the remains of the settlement. For 20 years, archaeologists led by Dr. William Kelso of Preservation Virginia have been excavating the fort. See them at work weekdays from April – October. The Archaearium, Jamestown’s archaeology museum, displays the artifacts excavated from James Fort and tells the story of this early settlement. Here also follow the story of a fourteen-year-old English girl named 'Jane' by the archaeologists. Her partial remains were discovered during excavation of a 17th-century trash deposit from "the starving time" winter of 1609-10. The Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg and Preservation Virginia recently came together to confirm this first scientifically-proven occurrence of survival cannibalism in Colonial America. Island Offerings The Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center offers exhibits, a museum store and a multi-media theater presentation. While on site, join a ranger or archaeology walking tour or stroll the island at your leisure. Remnants of the settlement are visible, including the 17th century brick church tower and archaeological remains of 1620s New Towne. The Memorial Church, statutes, and monuments commemorate important personalities and events of Virginia’s first capital. Enjoy lunch at our café overlooking the James River and soak up the island’s natural environment observing bald eagles, blue herons and white-tailed deer. After departing the Visitor Center, drive the five-mile Island Drive. Waysides explain how the early Jamestown settlers lived and survived in this environment. Don’t miss a stop at the Glasshouse of 1608 to observe artisans practice glassmaking, an early industry attempted at Jamestown.