Monday, January 22, 2007

Scientists identify early English settlement
Army scientists sifting through a 52-year-old archaeological study and a small but compelling stream of early colonial records have identified a site off the Lynnhaven River as one of the earliest English settlements in America.

Lt. Gov. Samuel Argall described the outpost near Cape Henry as "Henries Towne" in a 1613 letter, says Randy Amici, head of the Fort Eustis-based archaeological team that made the announcement Friday. But other accounts from the time suggest that the long-lost site, where a large cache of unusually early European artifacts was recovered in 1955, might have been in existence as early as 1610.

Never heard of it either.

But if any readers out there have suggestions for general books on pre-revolutionary U.S. history, please let me know.