Remains of English Jamestown Colony Leaders Discovered – Secrets in the News: July 25 – 31, 2015

The remains of the Jamestown leaders (James Di Loreto/Smithsonian Institution)

The remains of the Jamestown leaders (James Di Loreto/Smithsonian Institution)

1. Remains of English Jamestown Colony Leaders Discovered
Jamestown was the first successful British colony that gave rise to modern day America. Scientists have identified the remains of four English men who were among the early leaders of Virginia’s Jamestown settlement. The bodies were exhumed in November 2013 in the church where Pocahontas married Captain John Rolfe in 1614. Read more at BBC.

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2. Climate Change Might Break Carbon Dating
Most samples from early human history are dated using carbon isotopes, but that method has a problem, and the problem’s getting worse. Read more at Smithsonian Magazine.

3. A History of Disappearing Flights
Airplane debris found in Indian Ocean off the coast of Reunion Island is being examined to see if it is related to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which has been missing since 2014. The latest disappearance of a commercial airline in Asia came just nine months after MH 370. Read more about a brief history of disappearing flights at ABC News.

4. Shipwreck’s Million-Dollar Golden Treasure Found
Treasure hunters off the Florida coast recently pulled up nearly $1 million worth of gold coins and elaborate gold chains, as well as an extremely rare Spanish coin known as “Tricentennial Royal.” Read more at Live Science.

5. Archaeologists Find Human Presence Dating Back 4,000 Years in Rio de Janeiro
During excavations for an expansion of the Rio de Janeiro subway, some 500 artifacts made from stone and shells were discovered. Experts consider these artifacts vestiges of human presence in southeastern Brazil dating back about 4,000 years. Read more at Fox News Latino.

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