Friday, April 8, 2016
Colonial Cannibalism in America
So...archeologists have unearthed the remains of a 14-year-old girl from the site of the Virginia colony of Jamestown. Turns out, someone ate her. You do what you've gotta do, I guess. The Jamestown site was chosen by the Virginia Company because no Indians lived there. That's because Indians didn't like to live on swampy ground that was useless for agriculture. This girl (a facial reconstruction is above) had a protein-rich diet, leading experts to believe she was the daughter of a gentleman. Incidentally, I learned from this article that a hurricane blew a Virginia-bound ship off course to Bermuda, and this was the inspiration for Shakespeare's play The Tempest. Flash fact!