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Daily Press article exerpts:

"Archaeologist Bill Kelso's worst nightmare was that the naysayers had it
right.
That the palisaded fort constructed by Capt. John Smith and the first English
settlers on the banks of the James River in 1607 had long ago washed away
into
the currents."
"In April 1994 he sunk a shovel into the ground in search of America's
birthplace
and turned up such a rich array of finds that what he originally imagined
as a
decade of work seems much nearer its beginning than its end.
    Just last summer he and his colleagues uncovered the last elusive wall
of the
triangular fort, mapping its boundaries with unquestionable certainty for
the first
time. They looked on in wonder as the remains of a long, remarkably
sophisticated
row of dwellings emerged from the dirt nest to this wall, painting a
picture of a
frontier colony that looks more like downtown Elizabethan London than a
rough-hewn
pioneer outpost. Somewhere in the center of this painfully defined 1.1
acre space,
he says, lies the target he's been looking for all along.....the heart of the
settlement...the common store, the guardhouse, and especially the church
where
the first representative assembly met."

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