| Aug 19, 2013
| 7:58 AM
A few months ago a reader marveling over Jamestown's horrific Starving Time messaged to ask how the colonists could have been so incompetent and stupid.
Over the past 150 years, lots of other people wondering about the disastrous near-collapse of...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 7:13 PM
Archaeologists probing the early James Fort kitchen where they unearthed evidence of cannibalism this past year have discovered an earlier layer of artifacts showing that — just months before the Starving Time of 1609-10 — the colonists were...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 6:53 AM
Of all the natural wonders the early Jamestown colonists encountered in the New World, few loomed larger in their imaginations -- or their stomachs -- than the James River sturgeon.
Capt. John Smith's first accounts of their remarkable size and abundance...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 9:35 AM
Archaeologists searching for the lost village of Powhatan have uncovered tantalizing but still inconclusive evidence suggesting that the legendary Indian leader, who ruled most of coastal Virginia when the first English settlers arrived in 1607, once...
| Dec 16, 2012
The first time William C. Wooldridge held an antique map of Virginia, he was a young Army officer taking a meandering, homesick stroll through the streets of Heidelberg, Germany.
Catching his eye from an old print shop window, the early 1600s map...
| May 14, 2012
| 5:39 PM
Houston Police are searching for Pocahontas, and it's not the one who helped John Smith settle into America.
Court documents say Luerissie Ross, a.k.a. "Pocahontas," befriended her victims before she'd set them up to be robbed. Police say she was...
| Oct 20, 2012
| 12:55 PM
The Story of America
Essays on Origins
Princeton University Press: 416 pp, $27.95
For Jill Lepore, a Harvard history professor and New Yorker staff writer, the story of America is part myth,...
| Oct 27, 2012
| 2:15 PM
Has the spirit world taken up residence in your home or neighborhood? No? You sure about that? No eerie moans whistling through your hallways? No strange sightings on your local highways and byways? Nothing going bump in the deepest, darkest hours of...
| Nov 3, 2012
| 10:30 AM
The Fiddler on Pantico Run:
An African Warrior, His White Descendants, a Search for Family
Free Press: 304 pp, $25.99
Joe Mozingo's captivating debut, "The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African...
| May 23, 2012
| 9:37 AM
Hampton Roads is known around the world for its people — as being from here, as a come-here, or for just passing through — as well as places and things.
It's known for its Bacon (as in Nathaniel), its ham (as in Smithfield), its presidents...
| Jul 4, 2012
When a place reaches as far back as Jamestown, the dirt can teem with secrets.
Nearly every time archaeologists open a hole on this ancient stretch of riverfront land, they find a jumbled puzzle of subterranean clues reflecting every change that has...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 1:03 PM
More than 400 years after America’s first permanent English settlement rose from the ground, archaeologists are combining local clay, loam and black needle rush grass in an experimental effort to recreate the unique method used to construct some...