Archaeological excavations at the site of the first permanent English settlement in the western hemisphere continues to provide fascinating clues to the lifeways of the earliest colonists at Jamestown (founded 1607). Recently, fragments of a large burial stone were found at the site where a succession of churches had been built over the years, the first of which was built in 1617 and was the location of the first legislative assembly was held in 1619. The nearly 400-year-old stone lay atop a Spanish coin with shield and armored figure, leading to its designation as "The Knight's Tomb."
Saving a one-of-a-kind gravestone, a piece of an archaeological puzzle at historic Jamestown
By Mark St. John Erickson
May 20, 2017
Los Angeles Times