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Dr. William Kelso, author of Jamestown: The Truth Revealed, is the Director of Archaeology for Jamestown Rediscovery at Historic Jamestowne. He holds a Masters Degree in Early American History from the College of William & Mary, a Ph.D. from Emory University, 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.”

Dr. Kelso pursued early American historical archaeology while serving as director of archaeology at Carter's Grove, Kingsmill, and, for 14 years, at Thomas Jefferson's homes Monticello and Poplar Forest. In 1994 he began archaeological excavations at Jamestown for Preservation Virginia in search for the remains of the 1607 James Fort, thought lost to James River erosion.

Kelso and his talented team of archaeologists, curators, and conservators soon discovered the lost fort. Today they continue to explore its mysteries.