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2008-08-07 15:00:30

By Randal Edgar A total of $339,555 has been donated to the town for conservation purposes by 29 individuals, says Town Administrator Bruce R. Keiser, after the local land trust withheld its donation. JAMESTOWN -- When they voted unanimously last year to protect 145 acres of farmland, residents thought that about a fifth of the $9.3- million price for the development rights was going to be covered by the local land trust. That scenario fell through when the land trust -- saying the...

2008-08-01 15:00:52

Blood drives: The Rhode Island Blood Center conducts blood drives at the South County Donor Center, 14 Woodruff Ave., Narragansett, each Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Anyone donating blood at any of the center's locations during the last two weeks of July will be entered into a drawing for two pairs of tickets to the Newport Folk Festival, Aug. 2; and three pairs of tickets to the Newport Jazz Festival,...

2008-07-19 15:00:23

By Paul Davis NORTH KINGSTOWN -- Fishermen and others will be able to use land next to the old Jamestown Bridge for parking and reaching the water, according to a new law signed by Governor Carcieri. The law directs two state agencies to develop and maintain a park on state-owned land next to the bridge, on the North Kingstown side. The area will be open to the public from sunrise to sunset, and designed for access to those with disabilities. But the law mentions no deadline for the...

2008-06-16 21:00:21

By David Robinson When Gov. David A. Paterson threw the state's backing behind an advanced coal power plant project last week, where he made the announcement was almost as significant as what he said. The governor gave the state's blessing -- and a pledge for almost $7 million -- to a smaller, demonstration-sized project in Jamestown. He was decidedly non-committal on a much bigger advanced coal power plant at the Huntley Station in the Town of Tonawanda that's coming up against a key...

2008-02-23 03:00:13

By Carson, Cary Bowen, Joanne; Graham, Willie; McCartney, Martha; Walsh, Lorena CULTURE IS INDIVISIBLE FROM PLACE. SOME BELIEFS, CUSTOMS, AND practices can be transplanted from one location to another and come through more or less intact. Others are significantly altered by the alien conditions they encounter in their new surroundings. The fourhundredth anniversary of the founding of Jamestown has renewed scholars' interest in the transfer of cultures from the Old World and their reception...

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2005-11-11 07:20:00

JAMESTOWN, Va. -- Scientists' hopes that DNA testing would identify a nearly 400-year-old skeleton found at Jamestown have been dashed, but they remain confident that the remains are those of an unsung founder of North America's first English settlement. American and British scientists had hoped DNA they believe to be of Bartholomew Gosnold would match with that of a woman buried in England who they had thought was his sister. Tests, however, found the woman wasn't a blood relative of...

2005-06-17 06:21:07

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Archaeologists have successfully extracted DNA from skeleton remains under an English church that could prove a skeleton found near Jamestown belongs to one of its founders, the Church of England announced Thursday. British and American researchers began work Monday to remove a small part of Elizabeth Gosnold Tilney's skeleton from beneath the floor of All Saints Church in the English village of Shelley, 60 miles northeast of London. She is the sister of Capt....

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2005-06-13 15:15:00

SHELLEY, England (AP) -- Archaeologists hoping to determine whether an unearthed skeleton belongs to one of the founders of the first permanent English settlement in North America began work Monday to excavate his sister's 360-year-old remains in eastern England. Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold oversaw an expedition that led to the founding of Jamestown in 1607 in what is now Virginia. Other evidence already suggests that a nearly intact skeleton found outside the site of the Jamestown Fort is...

2005-06-07 07:10:50

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Virginia preservationists are nearing the end of a two-year quest to determine whether a skeleton discovered at the site of the Jamestown settlement is that of one its founders. William Kelso, who directed an archaeological dig early in 2003 in which the skeleton was found, leads a group leaving for England on Tuesday to assist in removal of DNA samples from the remains of a sister and niece of Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold. "It's a chance to refocus the history of...

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2004-12-02 08:38:11

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A skull fragment found in a 400-year-old trash pit at Jamestown contains evidence of the earliest known surgery - and autopsy - in the English colonies in America, researchers say. Circular cut marks indicate someone attempted to drill two holes in the skull to relieve pressure on the brain, the researchers said. The patient, a European man, died and was apparently autopsied. Archaeologists found the 4-inch-by-4 3/4-inch fragment this summer while digging in a bulwark...


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