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Lost Ships of Rome

In 2009, a team of marine archaeologists carrying out a sonar survey of the seabed around the Italian island of Ventotene made an astonishing discovery. The wrecks ...

Eagle bone from Cova Foradada showing cut marks. (Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo) via @SmithsonianMag
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Jamestown mystery: Archaeologists unearth a churchyard grave
Daily Press reports: It was tradition in 17th century Virginia to bury corpses with the heads pointed west and the feet to the east. ...

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Jamestown’s Dark Winter

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Archaeologists have been excavating in Jamestown for more than 20 years. In April 2012, a team of Historic Jamestowne archeologists discovered something surprising in their excavation. In the trash layer of a cellar, among the butchered animal bones and household trash discarded by the Jamestown colonists, they found the mutilated skull and severed leg of a 14-year-old English girl dating back to 1609. What can these bones tell us about what really happened at Jamestown?

 Dark rumors surrounding Jamestown

Jamestown’s Dark Winter

Dark rumors surrounding Jamestown

The archaeologists and scientists examine the bones excavated in the cellar at Jamestown. Unlike the bones of the burials, these bones have unusual cut marks, which were pointing to a possibility even more bizarre than murder. Could this be evidence of cannibalism?

 The struggles of Jamestown in the early 1600s

Jamestown’s Dark Winter

The struggles of Jamestown in the early 1600s

Jamestown is doomed from the start: The colonists settle on a marshy island with no fresh water, where crops fail and malaria flourishes. Two years after its founding, the desperate colony of Jamestown still cannot feed itself. Already this is the third expedition sent to Virginia – a third emergency rescue mission. Will Jamestown be saved this time?

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Jamestown’s Dark Winter

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Jamestown, Virginia. The site of the first permanent English colony the Americas settled in 1607 and the home of the archaeological site “Historic Jamestowne” today. It has long been speculated that the harsh conditions faced by the colonists during the winter of 1609, often referred to as the “starving time,” might have made them desperate enough to participate in the unthinkable, and perhaps even commit murder to do so.