- George Percy, 1609
This is another case of real history being darker than any ghost story.
Three years ago, an excavation project at the Historic Jamestowne archaeological site conducted in a 1608 James Fort cellar yielded a remarkable and disturbing find from the settlement's Starving Time of 1609-1610: the first scientifically-proven example of survival cannibalism in Colonial America. Here is a video clip showing how archaeologists and forensic anthropologists, after months of delicate work, decoded the clues in the (teenage female) human remains.
As dark as this is, there is light, too. Science and artistry both have been used to bring the story -- and the face -- of the approximately 14-year-old young woman to our awareness. She is no longer forgotten. Meet Jane.
During my visit last month, I found that a "Jane’s Story" exhibit has been added to the special room of the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium that explores death in Jamestown's early years. The dig where Jane was found is still an active excavation site.
* Here is a list of links to different news articles published about Jane.
* Here is the "Jane's Story" section of the Historic Jamestowne website.