The Jamestown research team used a micro-CT scan to reveal highly decayed remnants of a military leader’s sash buried in a block of surrounding soil in the grave of Capt. William West. In July 2015, a team of scientists from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and Jamestown Rediscovery announced the identities of Rev. Robert Hunt, Capt. Gabriel Archer, Sir Ferdinando Wainman and Capt. William West, high-status leaders who helped shape the future of America during the initial phase of the Jamestown colony.
Image credit: Donald E. Hurlbert / Smithsonian Institution (Top); Mark L. Riccio / Cornell BRC CT Imaging Facility (Bottom)