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Martin's Hundred (The Discovery of a…

Martin's Hundred (The Discovery of a Lost Colonial Virginia… (edition 1982)

by Ivor Noël Hume (Author)

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Title:Martin's Hundred (The Discovery of a Lost Colonial Virginia Settlement)
Authors:Ivor Noël Hume (Author)
Info:Alfred A. Knopf (1982), Edition: 1st, 343 pages
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Tags:History, Archaeology, America

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Martin's Hundred by Ivor Noël Hume

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    Jamestown, the Buried Truth by William M. Kelso (fdholt)
    fdholt: Before the foundations of the original Jamestown was discovered, archeologists of Colonial Williamsburg found this early settlement and fort on the site of Carter's Grove.

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In the seventies, Colonial Williamsburg acquired the James River plantation, Carter’s Grove. In order to show plantation life in the 18th century, the Foundation needed to establish the locations of the outbuildings and other features of the original plantation. They discovered much more, the remains of an early seventeenth century settlement, Martin’s Hundred. Since the discovery of the original fort at Jamestown was years in the future, this was the first archaeological evidence of those early settlers, including evidence of the Indian attack in 1622. The book chronicles the events surrounding the discoveries up to 1982. Written by archaeologist Ivor Noël Hume, the book reads like a mystery with clues, false trails and a lot of research in American and European museums and libraries.

The book is enhanced with numerous plans of the site as well as photographs of some of the finds, unfortunately in black and white and not in color. Noël Hume explains everything in clarity, whether talking about bones, pipes or pieces of pottery or glass. There are footnotes, index and a very nice bibliography. However this is not a dry and scholarly account, but a very readable and exciting story. ( )
  fdholt | Mar 31, 2012 |
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This first-hand account examines an important excavation in American historical archaeology--the discovery of a lost plantation, providing extensive evidence of English colonial life in early seventeenth-century Virginia.

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