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Sturgeon remains found near cannibalism victim at Jamestown

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The remains of dozens of large sturgeon have been found in the cellar of of a James Fort kitchen where archaeologists recently recovered the remains of a 14-year-old girl who had been cannibalized.

The sturgeon scutes, which are pieces of pyramid-shaped bone covered in pores that line sturgeon bodies, are evidence the settlers brought the large fish into this kitchen pit, a room dug into the ground about 5 feet deep. The kitchen pit was about 50-100 feet away from the water, and sturgeon of that time weighed up to 800 pounds compared to the average 300 pounds of the endangered sturgeon swimming in the James River today.

The latest discovery shows the scutes in the common kitchen were deposited while the kitchen was still in use.

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Story: Brittany Voll, WY Daily | Photo: Brittany Voll, WY Daily

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