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May 2, 2013
New Evidence: Jamestown settlers were cannibals
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The Telegraph reports:

For years, there have been tales of people in the first permanent English settlement in America eating dogs, cats, rats, mice, snakes and shoe leather to stave off starvation.

There were also written accounts of settlers eating their own dead, but archaeologists had been sceptical of those stories.

But now, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and archaeologists from Jamestown have announced the discovery of the bones of a 14-year-old girl that show clear signs that she was cannibalised.

The remains of the 14-year-old girl, named 'Jane' by researchers, were discovered in the summer of 2012 and mark the fourth set of human remains uncovered at Jamestown outside of graves.

Evidence indicates clumsy chops to the body and head of the girl, who appears to have already been dead at the time.
05/2/13 7:05 AM
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