Jamestown Excavations Shed New Light on Early Colony

Recent excavations at Jamestown, Virginia are making researchers rethink their knowledge of what life in the early 17th century British colony was like.

Long thought to have been settled by shiftless bounders, Jamestown's history was based largely on the writings of Captain John Smith, a settler with his own agenda, but new study shows a different Jamestown occupied by "bricklayers, blacksmiths, a jeweler and a tobacco-pipe maker."