William M. Kelso, C.B.E., Ph. D., F.S.A.

An American archaeologist specializing in Virginia’s colonial period. Currently he serves as the Director of Research and Interpretation for the Preservation Virginia Jamestown Rediscovery project. A native of Lakeside, Ohio, Kelso earned a B.A. in History from Baldwin-Wallace College, an M.A. in Early American History from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D in Historical Archaeology from Emory University.  He has served as director of archaeology at Carter’s Grove, Monticello, and Poplar Forest, as well as Commissioner of Archaeology for the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission.  During his time at Monticello, he was one of the first to make early colonial slave life the focus of archaeological research.  As a result of his ground-breaking work on Jamestown Island, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire to Dr. Kelso at an Investiture ceremony conducted by the British Ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott, at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. in July, 2012.