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Jamestown settlers resorted to cannibalism

Thursday, May 02, 2013 - 00:57

May 2 - Historians reveal hard evidence that America's first settlers resorted to cannibalism to survive the harsh winter. Julie Noce reports.

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Historians revealed hard evidence that the settlers in the American colony at Jamestown Virginia resorted to cannibalism to survive the harsh winter of 1609. Researchers said damages to the skull of a 14 year old girl they named "Jane" shows signs that she was dismembered, then eaten. An account by one of the settlers recalled how they were forced eat their horses, dogs, cats, mice and snakes in order to survive the harsh conditions. Researchers said Jane was probably not the only case of cannibalism. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAMES HORN, COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG FOUNDATION, SAYING: "How many of the growing numbers of dead were cannibalized is unknown. But we don't believe Jane was a lone case. Only in the most desperate of circumstances would the English have turned to cannibalism." It's not known if Jane was murdered or died of natural causes.

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Jamestown settlers resorted to cannibalism

Thursday, May 02, 2013 - 00:57