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Starving Settlers in Jamestown Colony Resorted to Cannibalism
smithsonianmag.com ^ | May 01, 2013 | Joseph Stromberg

Posted on 05/02/2013 3:41:19 AM PDT by kimtom

The harsh winter of 1609 in Virginia’s Jamestown Colony forced residents to do the unthinkable. A recent excavation at the historic site discovered the carcasses of dogs, cats and horses consumed during the season commonly called the “Starving Time.” But a few other newly discovered bones in particular, though, tell a far more gruesome story: the dismemberment and cannibalization of a 14-year-old English girl.

“The chops to the forehead are very tentative, very incomplete,” says Douglas Owsley, the Smithsonian forensic anthropologist who analyzed the bones after they were found by archaeologists from Preservation Virginia. “Then, the body was turned over, and there were four strikes to the back of the head, one of which was the strongest and split the skull in half. A penetrating ..........

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TOPICS: Education; History; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: cannibalism; godsgravesglyphs; jamestown; ushistory
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Could we end up here again???
1 posted on 05/02/2013 3:41:19 AM PDT by kimtom
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2 posted on 05/02/2013 3:44:26 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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Related, from the Beeb:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3014704/posts


3 posted on 05/02/2013 3:49:23 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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We’ve already been there. Recall how the former Clinton loving press turned on her and consumed her when Obama came on the scene.


4 posted on 05/02/2013 3:50:34 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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Nope.

There are no written records of this ever happening.

Jamestown was recorded extensively and nothing like this ever came up except the observations that the Iroquois and other tribes engaged in cannibalism as a spiritual act, not of nutrition.

There were “claims” by some who fled the colony but, they were discounted, as there were no names of those who might have engaged in this disgusting act.

I don’t have any idea why these so called scientists would engage in this synthetic conjecture...


5 posted on 05/02/2013 3:51:44 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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A Tale of Two Colonies "Reflections restricted to our current bounty ignore that most colonists in both Jamestown and Plymouth starved under their initial communal-property rights. Then, when private-property rights were established, starvation gave way to increasing prosperity in both colonies." http://mises.org/daily/4855

6 posted on 05/02/2013 3:57:30 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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Naaaaaaaaativve Ammurriccans?
Looks like the “tomahawk chop” to me.
This kinda thing happened to a LARGE PERCENTAGE of “ immigrants” up thru the Little Big Horn up until Wounded Knee—when it stopped.
Schenectady NY, my old stomping grounds, was ONLY wiped out THREE times back in the day.


7 posted on 05/02/2013 4:01:55 AM PDT by Flintlock ("The British are coming--to TAKE OUR GUNS"--Paul Revere)
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I am no cannibal, but if I were going to be one, I certainly wouldn’t start by eating the brain. I would start looking for some of the more choice cuts.

I think this scientist is full of crap and probably believes the people in Jamestown started Global Warming too.


8 posted on 05/02/2013 4:08:55 AM PDT by Venturer
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A deceptive headline for a junk article.

The modern liberal just can’t resist cannibalizing history.


9 posted on 05/02/2013 4:13:04 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Life, liberty, property, family, RKBA, sovereignty, security, borders, independence, the oath.)
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According to the article, there are written records of new graves being opened and bodies being removed for consumption.


10 posted on 05/02/2013 4:30:10 AM PDT by Kent1957
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To: Flintlock
your post came to mind.
The body may have been laid to rest there because of other
circumstances,and was a victim.

It isn't PC to talk about American Indian atrocities (anymore).

But Humans do strange things when faced with starvation.

11 posted on 05/02/2013 4:43:55 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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Socialism leads to hard times. Didn’t Jamestown have a socialist set-up? Everybody sharing everybody’s crops? Until nobody wanted to work...just waited for their ‘fair share’.


12 posted on 05/02/2013 4:47:48 AM PDT by abclily
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Not really. The original settlement was run by a company for several years, until Virginia was made a crown colony.


13 posted on 05/02/2013 5:07:30 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Life, liberty, property, family, RKBA, sovereignty, security, borders, independence, the oath.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Thanks, my gaff


14 posted on 05/02/2013 5:11:26 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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Isn’t this in the same vein as Jefferson’s Black love child?

Or what?


15 posted on 05/02/2013 5:54:41 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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Not the same story; a different telling.


16 posted on 05/02/2013 5:57:26 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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Soylent green.

Most certainly.


17 posted on 05/02/2013 5:59:37 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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It’s not saying who engaged in it, only that it happened.


18 posted on 05/02/2013 6:00:41 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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I’ve heard that the mind stops thinking and becomes quite savage under starvation conditions.


19 posted on 05/02/2013 6:02:23 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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Yep. Revisionist po-mo twaddle concocted to cast European settlers as barbarians.

Meanwhile, the real butchers like the heart-ripping Aztecs and the predatory natives get the “Dances with Wolves” treatment.


20 posted on 05/02/2013 6:07:07 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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