will likely never know whether Pocahontas actually saved John Smith's
life or was simply playing her appointed role in an Algonquin adoption ritual,
in which Smith's reprieve represented his rebirth into the chiefdom. But
archeological evidence does suggest that the adventurer might have spent time at Werowocomoco.
Among tempered pottery fragments, arrowheads with fine projectile points, and
other artifacts that place Powhatan Indians at Werowocomoco during the early
1600s, excavators found pieces of copper chemically identical to English copper
uncovered at Jamestown. Experts think it likely that Smith carried the metal
scraps seen here in hopes of establishing a trade agreement for food. Local Indians
valued copper for its luster.