Jamestown and Captain Bartholmew Gosnold, the Buried Truth, is the title of a free talk by archaeologist William Kelso on Thursday, August 7, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Chilmark Public Library.
Dr. Kelso is the director of archaeology for the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. In 1994 he came to work on the Jamestown Rediscovery project, formed in response to the 400th anniversary of the landing at Jamestown on May 13, 1607. The project’s goal was to search for the original 1607 fort, which was purported to have been long lost to the James River. Mr. Kelso and his crew confirmed only one corner of the James Fort was submerged in the river; the rest has since been unearthed.
The captain of one of the three ships to land at Jamestown was Bartholomew Gosold, the man who named Martha’s Vineyard. Gosnold died at Jamestown only four months after having settled there (nearly half the original 100-plus settlers were dead within the first five months of settlement).
Three years ago, Dr. Kelso discovered at Jamestown a grave of a man buried with ceremonial accoutrements suggesting he was someone of great significance and importance to the settlement. Based on his research and the discovery, he believes the grave belongs to Gosnold.
His talk is presented by the Chilmark Historic Commission and the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library.
For details, call 508-645-3360.