May 1st, 2013
06:37 PM ET

Researchers: Jamestown settlers resorted to cannibalism

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

The winter of 1609 to 1610 was treacherous for early American settlers. Some 240 of the 300 colonists at Jamestown, in Virginia, died during this period, called the "Starving Time," when they were under siege and had no way to get food.

Desperate times led to desperate measures. New evidence suggests that includes eating the flesh of fellow colonists who had already died.

Archaeologists revealed Wednesday their analysis of 17th century skeletal remains suggesting that settlers practiced cannibalism to survive.


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  1. Elroy Jetson

    Hey, nothing wrong with that. Take a little kid, fatten them up over the winter. Good eating in the summer. Luckily, I've always been a little sickly, so nobody looks at me.

    May 13, 2013 at 11:52 am |
  2. Bob Joob

    Coulda been worse – they might gave resorted to eating hot dogs.

    May 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm |


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