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Cannibalism in Colonial America comes to life

Girl’s remains reflect desperation of starving Jamestown settlers

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5:40pm, May 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hunger turned horrifying among Colonial-era residents of Virginia’s Jamestown settlement. An analysis of a partial skull from a teenage girl unearthed last summer indicates that she was cannibalized after she died, scientists reported May 1 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

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