Cannibalism in Colonial America comes to life

Girl’s remains reflect desperation of starving Jamestown settlers

By Bruce Bower, 17:49 PM 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.

This unfortunate girl, dubbed Jane by the team that studied her remains, gruesomely confirms several colonists’ written accounts of last-ditch cannibalism at Jamestow...

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