November 28, 2011-
The remains of the oldest Protestant church in the United States has been discovered according to an archeologists by the name of William Kelso.
Yahoo News reports that Kelso is certain that he has discovered the remains of the 1614 wedding site located in Jamestown, Virginia.
“It’s fantastically exciting and significant because Jamestown is usually depicted–the whole early settlement is depicted–as it was carried out by lazy gentlemen who wanted to get rich quick, and go right back to England.”
The site was carefully excavated revealing several large post holes 6.5 feet deep and traced remnants of four gave sites were discovered.
Kelso reveals that two other Protestant churches are believed to have been built before, but is sure this is the oldest left, stating “Religion played a big role” in the community.”
Kelso notes that the size of the woods post holes are a key factor, claiming that the wood used would have been able to support the mud and stud buildings heavy roof. Found also were surviving records, kept by the colony’s secretary with supporting evidence of dates, and structure sizes that were built during the time frame.
The four grave sites that were located also match important numbers of colony members who had been buried close to the church of a knight, two captains and Reverend Robert Hunt. Kelso also pointed to the exact spot e believes was the wedding site of Indian Princess Pocahontas and Englishman John Smith.
Pocahontas, is the Indian Princess who is well known and popular among American children. She was popularized in the animated Disney classic film “Pocahontas” that told the tale of her romance with to John Smith.
Pocahontas was later renamed Rebecca, and married Englishman John Rolfe before she passed away at the early age of 21- years old.
William Kelso reveals the next tasks on the agenda for the archeologist team will be to dig up the graves.
“We know the ages, we have the baptism records. Kelso added the team is “excited at the possibility of confirming the identities by studying bones, teeth and injuries that travel through through bones of the remains.“
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Tim B of Cincinnati stated “It is absolutely fascinating what scientists have the ability and the technology to reveal from different periods of history. I’ am curious to hear about their final results.”
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