Dr. William M. Kelso is the Director of Archaeology for the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation at Historic Jamestowne. He holds a Masters Degree in Early American History and an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science from the College of William and Mary, a Ph.D. from Emory University, and honorary doctorates in Philosophy and Archaeology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II named him as a (Hon.) “Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, (CBE) one of the highest orders of chivalry. He is a Harrington medalist, the highest honor of the National Society for Historical Archaeology, an honorary member of the Jamestown Society and is a Son of the American Revolution (SAR). He is the author of numerous books on the historical archaeology of British Colonial sites most recently the award-winning Jamestown, The Buried Truth, (2006), and Jamestown, The Truth Revealed, (2017). For more than fifty years, Dr. Kelso has pursued Early American historical archaeology serving as director of archaeology at Carter’s Grove, Kingsmill and at Thomas Jefferson’s homes, Monticello, and Poplar Forest. In 1994, Dr. Kelso began archaeological excavations at Jamestown for Preservation Virginia in search for the remains of the 1607 James Fort, long thought lost to James River erosion. Kelso and his remarkably talented team of archaeologists, curators and conservators soon discovered the Fort, the beginnings of the first permanent English settlement in America.
“Bill” enjoys fishing, cooking, running, weight training, writing, football and along with his bass playing wife, Ellen, playing banjo in Williamsburg’s Who Ever Shows Up Bluegrass Band.
While his dancing “career” is only beginning, he hopes that his colleagues, friends and generous former supporters of the ‘Dancing with the Stars”, will again make this 2018 occasion a record-breaking fun and fund raising event.
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