Jamestown cannibals: Evidence shows starving colonists took desperate measure

The Smithsonian Institution, Preserve Virginia and  Colonial Williamsburg announced Wednesday that scientists have verified early Jamestown colonists resorted to eating fellow settlers during a brutal winter dubbed “the starving time,” according to a story in USA Today.

Why mention this grisly find? Many of our English and early American ancestors came to Alabama from Virginia and through the colonies and states hugging the Eastern Seaboard.

The article by Jayne Clark says that the discovery of a partial human skull and tibia is the first forensic evidence that cannibalism was practiced at Jamestown during the winter of 1609-10.

Forensic testing shows the bones belonged to a young girl who was about 14 years old and had European ancestry. Clark’s article is interesting and well worth checking out. It also has a picture of what the girl looked like and a video featuring the archaeologists and forensic experts who worked on the remains.

 

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