Here’s a couple of pictures I took back in May of the ongoing excavation of James Fort/Jamestown. This is the cellar where archaeologists made the gruesome discovery of the body of an approximately 14-year-old female whose remains had clear indicators of butchery.

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Named “Jane” by the researchers who examined her, she is the only known victim of survival cannibalism at the settlement, though texts from the time suggest other individuals suffered the same fate during the period known as the Starving Time. Jane’s cause of death is unknown, and it is not certain whether her death was directly related to survival cannibalism or if she died of other causes before her remains were eaten (though the latter is more likely).

Jane’s skull (as well as several other bones that show obvious cut marks) are currently on display at The Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium. Pictures are not allowed within this museum, but more images (and discussion) of her remains can be found here and the press release about the discovery and analysis can be found here.

May 13, 1607: Colonists Arrive in Virginia to Found Jamestown

On this day in 1607, around 100 English colonists arrived at the James River in Virginia to found Jamestown. The settlers of the new colony were immediately besieged by attacks from Algonquian natives, rampant disease, and internal political strife. In their first winter, more than half of the colonists perished from famine and illness.

Explore Secrets of the Dead’s Jamestown interactive. 

Photo: 2008 photo of the remains of the 1639 Jamestown Church tower with 20th century reconstruction on the original foundations (Wikipedia).

…driven through insufferable hunger to eat those things which nature most abhorred, the flesh and excrements of man as well of our own nation as of an Indian, digged by some out of his grave after he had laid buried there days and wholly devoured him; others, envying the better state of body of any whom hunger has not yet so much wasted as their own, lay wait and threatened to kill and eat them; one among them slew his wife as she slept in his bosom, cut her in pieces, salted her and fed upon her till he had clean devoured all parts saving her head.
—  Jamestown in the winter of 1609-1610, according to a 1619 document that recounted the settlements’ early years. Even if the story sounds worse than it actually was to make it a more interesting telling, there is no ignoring the fact that in the fall there were 214 settlers. In the spring, there were 60. It was called “the Starving Time” for a reason.

We finished off Debi’s cute ear project today with a tragus piercing featuring a 3mm brilliant cut prong set emerald cz from Anatometal! She’s also wearing an Anatometal gem cluster in her conch, and jade cabs from Neometal in her three flat piercings. Thanks again Debi! (at Almighty Studios)


NEW MUSIC: Blitz the Ambassador ft Seun Kuti - Make You No Forget.

The third single and video released off Blitz’s “Afropolitan Dreams” album, the Ghanaian MC’s latest track was filmed in Jamestown district of the nation’s capital and features stunts from Accra’s BMX “Bikelordz”, amateur boxing and some of Blitz’s biggest fans as a backing sing-a-long ‘choir’. It’s a solid Afrobeat tune with trumpets and a catchy but conscious hook.

Oh, and don’t think we didn’t spot Blitz’s awesome t-shirts. “Make Fufu Not War” and the Kwame Nkrumah “VISIONARY” shirts are both garments made by Kayobi clothing.

ETA: Sorry folks, Seun’s not in the video sadly.

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