If a Skull Could Speak

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As skulls can’t speak, it is up to clever human beings, science, observation and a fair amount of ‘well maybe’ hypotheses to find out what they would say. One such case was the skull of a 14 year old girl from Jamestown 1609/1610 that told a story of supposed cannabalism.

During the winter of 1609/10, Jamestown was hit with a severe food shortage crisis which saw the residents eating their horses, cats, dogs, rats and even their shoes. The skeletal remains of a 14 year old girl were unearthed by chief archaeologist William Kelso. Later studies showed that the bones have what appears to be chop marks on the skull and cut marks on the jaw. Marks that are post mortem.

Read more about this interesting article or listen to the orated version over at Bay Area Bites.