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Comments for 1607: A New Look at Jamestown
1607: A New Look at Jamestown: 06/29/14
1607: A New Look at Jamestown by Karen E. Lange is a children's history book at the rethinking of the history of the Jamestown settlement based on more recent archeological work.
The book goes through what life was like inside and outside the compound — for the English colonists, and the Native Americans (referred to as Indians) already settled nearby. It offers suggestions as to why the English picked a swampy area thought uninhabitable (nearness to shipping lanes, ability to fortify the area)
There's also discussion on how the day to day and seasonal life was like inside the town. Here the conclusions are drawn from what sorts of things were found in known garbage tips.
1607 is a good introduction to both archeology and early colonial history. But it's just a start. If anything, this short book left me wanting more. I wish an adult version (meaning longer and more robust) had also been relased.