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Careful work, telltale clues will confirm identity of human remains found at Jamestown

Careful work, telltale clues will confirm identity of human remains found at Jamestown

While clues related to a recently uncovered grave paint a picture that looks a lot like Sir George Yeardley, forensic and DNA testing are needed to confirm the identity of the remains found at Jamestown’s historic church.

Archaeologists believe the human remains uncovered at Historic Jamestowne belong to Yeardley, the governor who presided over the first representative assembly in the New World in 1619, said Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, a research fellow with Jamestown Rediscovery.

But since the headless skeleton didn’t have a name tag, further study is needed to buttress the clues already collected by researchers.

The location of the remains is significant. Archaeologists...

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