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Church & State: New book details archaeological discoveries at Jamestown church

Mary Anna Hartley, archaeologist shown excavating in the Memorial Church at Historic Jamestowne. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Historic Jamestowne)
Mary Anna Hartley, archaeologist shown excavating in the Memorial Church at Historic Jamestowne. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Historic Jamestowne)

Jamestown Rediscovery released a new book about the archaeological findings at Jamestown’s 1907 Memorial Church and other historic artifacts.

The book was made possible by the Jamestowne Society, a group of members who can trace their ancestors back to the early settlers at Jamestowne, according to the news release.

The book Church & State: The Archaeology of the Foundations of Democracy shows the discoveries at the Jamestown 1907 Memorial Church and the historic 17th century tower which had undergone more than three years of excavations written by the archaeologists themselves.

“From 2016 until last year, Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists have been involved in one of the most consequential excavations of recent years,” said Jim Horn, president of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, in a prepared statement.  “We knew very little about the church built in 1617-18, the second major church structure in English America and, most significantly, where the first General Assembly was held from July 30 to August 4, 1619.”

Archaeologists discovered how the church was built and the “precise location” where the General Assembly first met, Horn noted.

“Our new book, Church & State: The Archaeology of the Foundations of Democracy, written by the archaeologists who conducted the work and carried out the research, tells the story of this remarkable discovery,” he added.

Church & State: The Archaeology of the Foundations of Democracy is now available in stores or online for $19.95.  You can purchase the book here.

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