Jamestown Settlement, Virginia
See note below about the identification of settlers / August 2015

Above: "The birthplace of Virginia and of the United States"

13 May 1607

"To the glory of God, and in grateful memory of those early settlers, the founders of the nation, who died at Jamestown during the first perilous years of the colony."

1608 church
We took a guided archaeology tour with this terrific ex-Marine volunteer. There wasn't very much about the site he didn't know.

Construction techniques changed very little from 1000 to 1600, it seems. A lot of what I saw looked like an early medieval site in Denmark.

The 4 pictures above are of the 1608 church, discovered in 2010, not too long before our visit.
Four bodies were found there and have been identified: Cpt. William West, Sir Ferdinando Wainman, Cpt. Gabriel Archer, and Rev. Robert Hunt.
See "Tomb of the Now Known: Jamestown 4," Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2015.

Reconstruction of the original barracks

Some 25 of the original settlers died in August 1607. Their stay in the new world was a short one.