March 24-30, 2000
Vol. 30, Issue 10
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Nearby archaeological site revealing Monacan history

By Fariss Samarrai

In 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.

Smith 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.

"This 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 Powhatans." Full story.

U.Va. gives passing grades to 2000 General Assembly

By Dan Heuchert

The General Assembly adjourned March 10 after a session that produced mostly positive results for the University and its employees.

The 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 tuition.

The 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 match).

Gilmore 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. Full story.

Stephen Dickey
Stephanie Gross
Stephen Dickey holds some of the documents he helped to translate.

Witness to justice, Stephen Dickey translates war

By Charlotte Crystal

Liberty 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.

An 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 story.

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