Archaeologist to address King and Queen Historical Society (July 17, 2013 Tidewater Review)

Staff Writer

KING & QUEEN – The King and Queen Historical Society will welcome one of America’s foremost historical archaeologists at its July meeting. Dr. William M. Kelso, Director of Research and Interpretation at Jamestown, will share his experiences and answer questions about his explorations on July 28.

Kelso began working in the field of archaeology after earning an M.A. in early American history from the College of William and Mary in 1964. He has directed projects at Colonial Williamsburg’s Carter Grove, Monticello, and Poplar Forest.

In 1993, Kelso began work with the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) in the pursuit of finding James Fort on Jamestown Island. By 1996, Kelso and a small staff of archaeologists were able announce the discovery of the fort that was believed to be lost to the James River. The team continues to explore Jamestown’s mysteries.

Kelso holds a Ph.D. from Emory University, an Honorary Doctorates in Philosophy, Archaeology and Science, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. In March 2012, Queen Elizabeth II named him Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, CBE.

Kelso has lectured throughout the U.S. and Europe and has authored or contributed to numerous books and articles on archaeology including Jamestown Rediscovery I-VIII.

The historical society will meet at 2 p.m. at the new courthouse building in King and Queen and Kelso will begin speaking at 3 p.m.

Refreshments will follow the meeting at the Tavern Museum.