Changing Planet

Jamestown Drawings Discovered in Excavation of Colony Well

Jamestowne-slate-picture.jpg

Photo by Michael Lavin. Courtesy of Preservation Virginia.

By Chris Sloan, National Geographic Magazine

Scientists excavating a filled well at Historic Jamestowne near Williamsburg, Virginia have discovered what may be among the earliest drawings by English colonists who settled there.

The artifacts were found in the upper layers of the well.

If the archaeologists’ hunches are correct, this may turn out to have been the first well dug by Captain John Smith at the site, which was founded in 1607.

Shown here is a detail of the slate with what archaeologists are interpreting as an eagle.

More details and photos about this discovery on Chris Sloan’s blog >>

Forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. He has 120,000 followers on social media. David Braun edits the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. Follow David on Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn

About the Blog

Researchers, conservationists, and others share stories, insights and ideas about Our Changing Planet, Wildlife & Wild Spaces, and The Human Journey. More than 50,000 comments have been added to 10,000 posts. Explore the list alongside to dive deeper into some of the most popular categories of the National Geographic Society’s conversation platform Voices.

Opinions are those of the blogger and/or the blogger’s organization, and not necessarily those of the National Geographic Society. Posters of blogs and comments are required to observe National Geographic’s community rules and other terms of service.

Voices director: David Braun (dbraun@ngs.org)

Social Media