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By Mark St. John Erickson
Daily Press 

Saving a one-of-a-kind gravestone at Jamestown


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Six months after launching a painstaking probe aimed at English America's second oldest church, Jamestown archaeologists have unearthed a jumbled historical puzzle that reaches back 400 years.

First, there are the fractured layers of brick-pavers and floor tiles laid down during the construction of three different sanctuaries in 1617, the 1640s and the 1680s — and then covered over again by Jamestown Memorial Church in 1906.

Then there's the mystery of the mammoth 1,200-pound burial stone that may date to the 1620s — making it the oldest of its kind in the cou...

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