- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: November 27, 2004
Ongoing excavations shed new light on the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
In 1607, 105 Englishmen crowded onto three ships to cross the Atlantic in search of a New World. They built a fort at Jamestown and established trade with the indigenous people. But things quickly turned bad--the natives became hostile, the land was unforgiving, disease broke out and hardship overtook them. Just how did Jamestown, long thought to be a near-failure due to the colonists' incompetence, survive to become the first permanent English settlement despite all odds?
A 10-year-long archaeological dig is unearthing evidence every day that tells the story of Jamestown's first years. Host Steve Thomas (This Old House) climbs down a 400-year-old well, wades into a swamp filled with 1,000-year-old trees, and takes us to a firing range, a sculptor's studio, and right into a forensics lab in search of the past.