When Robert and Lynn Ripley purchased a 300-acre farm in Gloucester County, they knew that archaeologists suspected it was once the home of Powhatan, the Indian chief who reigned as the first English settlers moved into Virginia. Researchers recently confirmed that the site is indeed the former village of Werowocomoco. Scholar Martin Gallivan (William & Mary) discusses the significance of the discovery.
Also featured: What if the people of Jamestown had adopted some of the values and lifestyles of their Indian neighbors? That’s the question Margaret Holmes Williamson (Mary Washington College) asks in her new book Powhatan Lords of Life and Death: Command and Consent in Seventeenth-Century Virginia.