Early Jamestown Settlers Reverted to Older Style Technology to Survive
It seems almost axiomatic that new technology is always an improvement on the old. But in the case of a discovery made by archaeologists at the excavation site of the 1607 James Fort on Jamestown Island, Virginia, evidence was uncovered that proves that, sometimes, the opposite is true.
In 2005, a complete jack-of-plates was uncovered from a soldier’s pit near the traces of a wall of the early fort. The jack-of plates was a piece of body armor, in appearance like a jacket, that provided protection through the use of many small overlapping plates, as many as 1,000, made of iron and sewn between layers of fabric. Read more.