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Jamestown Settlers Ate a Child

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Jamestown Settlers Ate a Child

Scientists have confirmed the first archaeological evidence that Jamestown settlers resorted to cannibalism with the gruesome discovery of a 14-year-old girl’s skeleton. The English girl’s remains date back to the deadly winter of 1609-1610 in the Virginia colony known as the “starving time,” when settlers ate dogs, cats, horses, and even humans. Much remains unknown about the dismemberment and cannibalization of the 14-year-old girl, though a forensic anthropologist confirmed a blow to the back of her head split her skull in half, and that the skull was penetrated in order to remove her brain. Scientists have long speculated that Jamestown colonists ate fellow settlers—and likely committed murder in the process.

Smithsonian

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