Scarred skull reveals cannibalism at Jamestown colony
It sounds like the stuff of a horror movie: cannibalism, and in Jamestown, Virginia, the oldest English settlement in North America.
In 1609, as the colonists were still adjusting to their new home, they were caught in the grip of a brutal winter that has become known as “the starving time”. The recently unearthed bones of a 14-year-old girl sheds light on the unfortunate story of how people survived.
William Kelso, chief archaeologist at the Jamestown Rediscovery Project , found the remains and Douglas Owsley, division head for physical anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, used marks on the girl’s skull and tibia to show that she had been the victim of cannibalism. Her skeleton provides the first tangible evidence of this in Jamestown, corroborating existing written accounts.
Researchers were unable to determine exactly how she died, but her remains did reveal a bit about her life. She was from the south coast of England, and, an analysis of isotopes in her bones suggests, enjoyed a high-protein diet – and so was probably from an upper-class family.
As famine spread in Jamestown, 80 per cent of the residents died. Some turned to leather straps from their clothes and household animals for sustenance. But when even those resources petered out, the colonists were forced to choose between starvation or surviving off the remains of those whom the brutal winter killed.
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