site revealing Monacan history
1607, Capt. John Smith, the Englishman who helped establish James
Fort (the Jamestown colony), was told of a warlike and uncivilized
people who lived to the west of the tidewater: the Monacans.
never encountered the Monacan people, but he went on to write about
them based upon what his party had been told by the local Powhatan
Indians, describing their "very barbarous living for the most
part of wild beests and fruits. . ." The Powhatans said that
the Monacans were an unsophisticated, rude and warring people who
hunted and did not know how to grow corn. They warned Smith not
to venture into Monacan territory. He didn't know to question his
sources. In 1612, Smith drew a map of the territory, based on what
he was told, and showed the location of Monasukapanough, a Monacan
village. The likely remains of that village are located on the south
fork of the Rivanna River, just north of Charlottesville. Recent
testing of artifacts from the site and collection of radiocarbon
dates confirm that the village thrived with an active population
during the time of Smith's arrival in the New World, and they were
more like the Powhatans than different.
is the first time we are certain that we are looking at a Monacan
village that is contemporary with the early colonial period,"
says Jeffrey L. Hantman, associate professor of anthropology and
director of the archaeology program. "We have found evidence
of a sophisticated, well structured society that lived along the
Rivanna River at the time Smith was settling the tidewater region.
What we now know is not at all consistent with the description that
Smith provided of the Monacans, based on what he was told by the
gives passing grades to 2000 General Assembly
General Assembly adjourned March 10 after a session that produced
mostly positive results for the University and its employees.
final two-year budget crafted by a House-Senate conference committee,
adopted by the legislature and forwarded to Gov. James Gilmore,
provides for faculty salary increases of 4.6 percent, classified
raises of 3.25 percent, and increases of 3 percent for graduate
teaching assistants and part-time, administrative and professional
faculty. The raises will be partially funded through a 2 percent
increase in graduate, professional school and out-of-state undergraduate
budget also included language implementing the overhaul of the classified
compensation system. It doubled the state's maximum matching contribution
to the deferred compensation plan to $40 per month for participating
employees (who must contribute at least $80 to receive the full
has until midnight April 10 to take action on legislation passed
by the General Assembly, which will reconvene April 19 for its annual
veto-override session. He may veto line items in the budget bill.
Dickey holds some of the documents he helped to translate.
to justice, Stephen Dickey translates war
or life in prison? Stephen Dickey's translations for the International
Criminal Tribunal for Crimes Committed on the Territory of the Former
Yugoslavia could lead to one fate or the other.
assistant professor of Slavic languages and literature at U.Va.,
Dickey spent a year in Holland at The Hague, helping the international
tribunal bring accused war criminals to justice. Full