Jamestown - Human Remains

Photo: Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian
June 13, 2016
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Human Remains, Jamestown
Photo: Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian

This January 2013 photo shows 17th-century human remains that were excavated from James Fort, Jamestown, Va., by William Kelso, chief archeologist at Jamestown Rediscovery Project, and analyzed by Douglas Owsley, division head for physical anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. On May 1, Owsley and Kelso announced that the remains were evidence of survival cannibalism during the “starving time” over the winter of 1609-10 in historic Jamestown.