Jamestown - Skull with Chops

Photo: Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian
June 13, 2016
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Jamestown - Skull with Chops
Photo: Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian

This August 2012 photo shows four shallow chops to an incomplete skull excavated in James Fort, Jamestown, Va., by William Kelso, chief archeologist at the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. On May 1, Douglas Owsley, division head for physical anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and Kelso announced that the remains were evidence of survival cannibalism during the “starving time” over the winter of 1609-10 in historic Jamestown.