Dr. William M. Kelso
Noted as leading the find of the lost
Jamestown Island is a place where in some ways time as stood still. The past is returning slowly piece by piece with hard and time consuming archaeological digs and processing the many piece we have already found.
William M. Kelso
Most know him as Dr. Kelso to his family and friends it is Bill Kelso. This page is a little history of the man and his family and friends.
Current address: Jamestown, Virginia
Education: Danbury High School, Baldwin Wallace College, Bill Kelso obtained his Master's Degree in early American history from the College of William and Mary in 1964. In 1971, He completed his Ph.D. at Emory University.
Occupation: Working in South Carolina and Williamsburg. Then between 1979 and 1985, Kelso served as the resident archeologist at
Monticello and Poplar Forest in 1986, he became director of archeology. Kelso has lectured on Architectural History at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture since 1976 and, since 1995, has served as Adjunct Professor at the College of William and Mary.
What Drives me to do what I do what I do:
I am vigorously interested in experiencing the American past. Archaeology gives me a sense of challenge and mystery-solving.
I think we have made great progress in the increased knowledge of early life in Jamestown. We hope to solve many of the questions we all had about life at that time in 1607 when North America was settled in modern times.
Most memorable moment in the field:
In July 1996 I was able to uncover and connect a number of 17th-century archaeological clues—James Fort’s archaeological remains had survived after all! Discovery at the site of a buried skeleton, complete with a musket ball in the leg, brought instant understanding of the hardships and dangers of life in early Jamestown. We have done so much more now with what we have found in the well. The well has provided so much of the early artifacts it will take some time to sort through it all.
The well was located and has provided us with a huge amount of information on how people lived back then.
whole project is expanding our knowledge of life in the new world
The summer always brings new increased activity of excavation. Archeological students from several colleges gather to learn and earn credits while excavating in Jamestown Rediscovery.
New Well Excavation 2006: