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Virginia archaeologist gets British honor

Tuesday - 7/17/2012, 2:59am  ET

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - The director of archaeology at Historic Jamestowne is receiving one of Britain's highest honors.

Officials say William Kelso became an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire at a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington on Friday.

Under Kelso's leadership, archaeologists at Historic Jamestowne have discovered more than 1.4 million artifacts on Jamestown Island including the location of the original 1607 James Fort. Current excavations also have revealed the location of a church dating to 1608.

Kelso joined Preservation Virginia and the Jamestown Rediscovery project in 1993. He had previously served as director of field archaeology for Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello and Poplar Forest. He also was commissioner of archaeology for the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission.

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