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HomeNews2011 Jamestown Lecture Series Kicks Off Tuesday, September 27; Series Examines Archaeological Discoveries of Three Worlds -- Spain, France and England
2011 Jamestown Lecture Series Kicks Off Tuesday, September 27; Series Examines Archaeological Discoveries of Three Worlds -- Spain, France and England

September 23, 2011

The 2011 Jamestown Lecture Series reveals the latest discoveries of early explorers and settlers from Spain, France and England during "Tales of Three Worlds: Recent Archaeological Discoveries of de Soto in South Georgia, the French at Old Mobile and the English at Jamestown." Dennis B. Blanton, associate curator/archaeologist at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, kicks off the lecture series with "Hernando de Soto Slept Here? New Evidence of Earliest Spanish Exploration in the Southeast" on Tuesday, September 27, at 5:30 p.m. The lecture will be held at the Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St. in Williamsburg Va.

Hernando de Soto
Hernando de Soto
Tangible evidence of the infamous conquistador, Hernando de Soto, and his multi-year trek across the southeastern United States (1539-1542) has eluded many an archaeological search. Now, recovery of early Spanish artifacts at an unanticipated location in southern Georgia is raising questions about prevailing interpretations of the explorer's path. Blanton will discuss the kinds of newly discovered artifacts and their contexts that serve as a testament to a direct encounter between De Soto's small army and residents of a Native American village -- at a place where scholars had not expected it to occur. Documentary clues may identify specific individuals and places associated with the encounter during the spring of 1540.

Tickets are $12 each or $32 for the series. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-HISTORY.

Other lectures in the series include, "Old Mobile Archaeology and French Colonization of the American Gulf Coast" with Gregory Waselkov on Tuesday, October 11, and "Jamestown Lost and Found: New Discoveries at the 1607 James Fort" with Dr. William Kelso, director of archaeological research and interpretation, Jamestown Rediscovery Project at Historic Jamestowne on Tuesday, October 25.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

The lecture series is sponsored in part by The Edward Maria Wingfield Endowment Fund, established by The Wingfield Family Society to honor Wingfield as soldier, investor and Jamestown's first president.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

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