In the January 31, 2005 edition of this newsletter, I reported that a DNA analysis was planned that would hopefully identify the remains of Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, one of America's earliest settlers. Now the test results are in and they are... inconclusive.
The test results released Monday did not prove that the bones were those of Bartholomew Gosnold. Indeed, the testing also suggests two other possible candidates: Sir Ferdinando Wenman, a knight and the master of ordnance at Jamestown, and Capt. Gabriel Archer, a lawyer who was the first recorder of Jamestown.
Nevertheless, Gosnold is still the leading candidate, based on historical, archaeological and forensic evidence, said William Kelso, director of archeology at the Jamestown site.
You can read more about this story at http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/11/20/jamestown.remains.ap/index.html.