hsd was recently honoured to welcome friends from the Jamestown Rediscovery team to our Leicester studios. David Givens, Director of Archaeology, and Michael Lavin, Director of Collections, for Jamestown Rediscovery, gave a brilliant presentation updating us on the latest news and excavation works at Jamestown Island, Virginia, USA.
2019 marks the 400th anniversaries of both the first representative assembly in English North America and the arrival of the first Africans to Virginia, who arrived having been ‘bought for victuals’. From documentary evidence it is known that ‘Angelo’ (Angela), an Angolan woman, was living in the household of Captain William Pierce. David has been excavating this dwelling, seeking to develop our understanding of the physical and cultural landscape in which Angela lived and worked.
hsd has worked with the Jamestown team since 1999 when we developed the Interpretive Master Plan for the Island and later implemented major new exhibits for the 2007 commemorations of the first permanent English settlement in North America.
Following the presentation, David and Michael carried out a ground-penetrating radar survey on hsd’s car park. This revealed evidence of a mysterious structure running diagonally underneath the ground. We are intrigued to find out more about the history beneath our feet.