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Body of 14-Year-Old Girl Shows Evidence of Cannibalism at Jamestown Colony

In the winter of 1609-1610

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The first chops, to the forehead, did not go through the bone and are perhaps evidence of hesitancy about the task. The next set, after the body was rolled over, were more effective. One cut split the skull all the way to the base.

"The person is truly figuring it out as they go," said Douglas Owsley, a physical anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution.

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