Mysterious Jamestown burials identified as founders | Discovery News

Men buried in historic Jamestown are identified.

“Four lost leaders of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas have been identified, thanks to chemical analysis of their skeletons, as well as historical documents. The settlement leaders were mostly high-status men who were buried at the 1608 Jamestown church in Virginia. And all played pivotal roles in the early colony. “They’re very …

Archeological dig at Old Salem uncovers first building erected in Salem. | Winston-Salem Journal

Salem farm house archaeological dig.

“Almost 250 years ago, in frigid February weather, eight craftsmen made the trek from settlements at Bethania and Bethabara to what would soon be known as Salem. Along the way they shot two deer and, seeking sanctuary at the Builder’s House — the first building erected in Salem —cooked it over the roaring indoor fireplace. …

For history buffs, Civil War era homes for sale | WSJ

Civil War era homes selling.

“On most days, Sherry Grim lives in an 1817 Colonial-style home outside of Gettysburg, Pa., with her husband, Mark. On some days, however, she lives there with Mark’s alter ego, Civil War Maj. Gen. John Hartranft. About 10 times a year, Mr. Grim, a 63-year-old retired Marine Corps officer, dons Union military regalia to host …

‘It’s part of our history': Visitors marvel at Bluenose II in Halifax | Globalnews.ca

Bluenose II

HALIFAX – The Bluenose II is back in Halifax harbour for the first time in years. Hundreds of Haligonians and tourists boarded the schooner looking for their first glimpse of the restored vessel before its summer sailing season. “Ooh it’s historical, it’s an icon. I never thought I would be on it,” said Amon Zohar, …

Archaeological dig at P.E.I.’s Roma site unearths rare item. | The Guardian

Archaeological dig unearths rare item.

Officials delight in unique find of buttons in Roma at Three Rivers site that could be 250 years old.   MONTAGUE – A rather remarkable find turned up at an archeological dig on Brudenell Point this week. Volunteers, students and First Nations folk were participating in the public dig on the foundation of the 200-year-old …

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed. | The Guardian

A print shows African captives being taken on board a slave ship.

The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a 150-year-old document: a few sheets of paper that compelled Hollywood actor Ben Affleck to issue a public apology and forced the highly regarded US public service broadcaster PBS to launch …

Next time someone questions America’s history of racism, show them this video. | Vox

segregation of African Americans

America has a long history of systemic racism: From the dehumanization of black people to justify slavery to the policies of segregation and mass incarceration that followed emancipation, the country has always made it difficult for many minorities to rise out of their literal and figurative shackles.   This video, from the advocacy group Equal …