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Evidence About Cannibalism At Jamestown

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  Original Published: 5/2/2013   Archaeologists say they've found hard evidence that some of the first Amercian settlers at Jamestown, Virginia resorted to cannibalism.   They say the proof is in cutting and sawing marks found on the skull and shin bone of what is believed to have been a 14-year-old girl they're calling "Jane."   It happened during the winter of 1609 and 1610, when 300 already starving colonists were pinned down by brutal weather and warring indians.   The period was called the "starving time."   The president of Jamestown at the time wrote that colonists resorted to eating horses, dogs, cats, rats, mice and snakes.   And a Smithsonian expert says there are about half a dozen accounts that mention cannibalistic behaviors at that time.   Only 60 people survived the ordeal.   A special exhibit about Jamestown and Jane's story opens at the Smithsonian Friday.
   
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