Seven years after archeologists discovered evidence of the fort built when Jamestown, Va., was founded in 1607, they finally know how big the triangle-shaped log enclosure was.
Based on the finding in 1996 of the fort's east corner and on historical documents, archeologists had been searching for the outlines of a fort that covered 1.75 acres, said William Kelso of the Assn. for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.
Digging this summer unearthed evidence of the fort's western wall and north corner, defining the fort's shape for the first time and indicating the fort actually enclosed 1.1 acres, Kelso said at Historic Jamestowne.
"Now we know exactly how to approach the excavation" of the first permanent English settlement in America, Kelso said. "We can connect the dots."