Topic ID #28513 - posted 5/1/2013 5:00 PM

'Proof' Jamestown settlers turned to cannibalism

Jennifer Palmer

'Proof' Jamestown settlers turned to cannibalism
By Jane O'Brien BBC News, Jamestown, Virginia

Newly discovered human bones prove the first permanent English settlers in North America turned to cannibalism over the cruel winter of 1609-10, US researchers have said.

Scientists found unusual cuts consistent with butchering for meat on human bones dumped in a rubbish pit.

The four-century-old skull and tibia of a teenage girl in James Fort, Virginia, were excavated from the dump last year.

"The evidence is absolutely consistent with dismemberment and de-fleshing of this body," said Doug Owsley, a forensic anthropologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.

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