Doug Owsley and the skull of "Jane of Jamestown
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'Proof' Jamestown settlers turned to cannibalism

Newly discovered human remains prove the first permanent British settlers in North America turned to cannibalism over the cruel winter of 1609-10, US researchers have said.

Scientists found unusual cuts consistent with butchering for meat on human bones dumped in a rubbish pit.

The four-century-old skull and tibia of a teenage girl in James Fort, Virginia, were excavated from the dump last year.

James Fort, founded in 1607, was the earliest part of the Jamestown colony.

Jane O'Brien reports from Washington.

  • 01 May 2013
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