David Givens, Director of Archaeology with the Jamestown Rediscovery project, gave a fascinating overview of the ongoing work at Jamestown to the Kiwanis of Colonial Capital. In his talk David described how, using space age technology and DNA, archaeologists have been able to determine that the remains of a male, buried in the center of the church, is almost certainly that of Sir George Yeardley, who presided over the first assembly. When the skeleton was first uncovered, it was missing a skull. This was subsequently discovered in an adjacent grave and reunited with its rightful owner by matching dental fragments in the main grave. David has worked in the field of archaeology for over thirty years, and has a Master's Degree with Distinction from Leicester University in England. He came to Jamestown in 2001, and currently is directing the archaeology of the Angela site, an excavation focused on the first Africans to arrive at Jamestown in 1619.
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