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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Confirming a Founding Father's Remains

As a follow-up to a posting made previously on this site -- Archaeologists have recently been given permission to extract DNA from the exhumed remains of an American founding father's sister in England in order to confirm the identity of the remains of the famous Jamestown colonist discovered during excavations at James Fort (of Jamestown) on Jamestown Island, Virginia. The DNA will be taken from what remains of Elizabeth Gosnold Tilney, buried at a church on the border of Suffolk and Essex, England. She was the sister of Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, who is largely regarded as the man who established the first permanent (enduring) English colony in the New World. More developments to come.

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Read about ongoing archaeological investigations at Jamestown.


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