This has been a busy year so far for the stable isotope lab. We were thrilled to participate in a project involving isotope analysis of a 17th century young woman from the original Jamestown settlement in Virginia. This archaeological specimen showed evidence of unusual damage and was ultimately determined to be the first occurrence of survival cannibalism in Colonial America. Through our efforts we were able to shed light on a possible region of origin for this unknown girl and provide insight into her life history. This joint project with the Smithsonian National Musuem of Natural History and the Jamestown Rediscovery Project has recently been opened as an exhibit to the public. Check out the link below for more info!