Cannibalism

Artist: StudioEIS; Photo: Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian

Experts at Preservation Virginia, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution have produced the first scientifically-verified case of survival cannibalism in colonial America. On Tuesday, forensic analysis of the 17th Century human remains of a 14-year old girl labeled “Jane” were unveiled. The discovery sheds new light on the deadly colonial winter of 1609 to 1610 referred to as the "starving time.” William Kelso, chief archeologist from Jamestown Rediscovery Project at Preservation Virginia provides us with some context about the discovery.

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Over the past week, five separate incidents of cannibalism have been reported, including the grisly story of Rudy Eugene, a man shot and killed by Miami Dade police when he refused to stop eating the face of a homeless man.