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Sturgeon remains found near cannibalism victim at Jamestown

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

Remains of horse found buried at Jamestown

Archaeologists excavating at the site of the Jamestown colony have found the complete skeleton of a horse, buried some time after 1650. "To think, almost everyone who has visited Historic Jamestowne until this week has walked about a foot over this horse," Schmidt said. "That's the great thing about working here,

Colonial America’s oldest murder solved

Archaeologists have solved the murder mystery surrounding JR102C, one of Jamestown's first settlers, who was found with a lead bullet in his leg. Now, 17 years later, the forensic archaeologists at Jamestown may have identified the victim and, therefore, the perpetrator of the crime. Recent evidence, Kelso says, points to a

Jamestown Colony settlers resorted to cannibalism

New evidence has been found that suggests the settlers at Jamestown Colony in Virginia resorted to eating a 14-year-old girl during the harsh winter of 1609. 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

400-year-old personalized smoking pipes found at Jamestown

Fragments of 400-year-old smoking pipes, bearing what may be the earliest printing in English America, have been found in Jamestown, Virginia. Stamped with the names of Sir Walter Raleigh and other eminent men back in England, the pipes may have been intended to impress investors—underscoring Jamestown's fundamentally commercial nature. "Finding

Jamestown Colony church found

The church where Pocahontas was married has been found in Jamestown, Virginia. The 60-foot-long walls and thatch roof are all gone now, but a row of graves was subsequently found in what would have been the church's chancel— an area near the altar where prominent Anglicans were traditionally buried. "That's

Jamestown settlers’ trash reveal tough times

Oyster shells excavated from a well in Jamestown, Virginia, show evidence that the settlers suffered through a long-lasting, deep drought. The shells reveal that water in the James River near the colony, where many of those oysters were harvested, was much saltier then than along that stretch of the estuary

Is the Jamestown tablet an American Rosetta Stone?

An expert in Elizabethan script is studying the mysterious etching on the Jamestown tablet. Digitally enhanced images of the slate are helping to isolate inscriptions and illuminate fine details on the slate—the first with extensive inscriptions discovered at any early American colonial site, said William Kelso, director of research and interpretation