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May 2nd, 2013
01:32 PM ET

Jamestown settlers resorted to cannibalism

A new and jarring revelation has been made by archaeologists excavating the Jamestown colony site in Virginia - settlers in 1609 resorted to cannibalism.

Jim Horn, a scholar on the project, tell CNN that they found the remains of a skull and partial bone leg of 14-year-old girl they are calling Jane.

Researchers: Jamestown settlers resorted to cannibalism

He says cut marks on those remains is the only physical evidence of cannibalism in the Americas during this time - a harsh winter known as the "Starving Time."

They believe Jane had likely already died of starvation. The average life span during the 17th century was about 50 years.


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