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Four founders of early English America revealed

8:14am BST - 01:21

Archaeologists make an ''important discovery'' in identifying four lost founders of the Jamestown colony from the time of early English America over 400 years ago. Julie Noce reports.

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Archaeologists and scientists from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, have discovered the remains of some of the country's earliest settlers. Four leaders of Jamestown, the first successful English colony located about 80 miles south of DC, have been unearthed using high-tech equipment and detective work. Dr. James Horn is the President of the Jamestown Recovery Foundation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR. JAMES HORN SAYING: "This is the earliest English church in America - 1608 - and without any question the four men buried in the Chancel between 1608 and 1610 are four of the first leaders of the whole English enterprise in America. These men in various ways witnessed the first three years of the establishment of the colony. They endured food shortages, starvation, Indian attacks and disease." Researchers used skeletal analyses, chemical testing, and 3-D technology research to identify the men who lived and died when the settlement was on the brink of failure due to famine, disease and war. Scientists said the four helped guide the colony during its difficult years after its founding in 1607.

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Four founders of early English America revealed

8:14am BST - 01:21