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Archaeological Context of Jamestown’s Starving Time

Author(s): William Kelso

Year: 2014

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In 2012, a mutilated human skull and severed leg bone were found in a trash deposit that partially filled an early 17th century cellar at Jamestown, Virginia. This find put into motion inductive reasoning based on three sources of evidence: archaeological context, forensic science and historiography. This paper will focus on defining the archaeological context, how it contributed to determining that the human remains were found in associated deposits inside the confines of the original James Fort, they were remnants of the Starving Time winter of 1609-1610 and that they were cannibalized.

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Archaeological Context of Jamestown’s Starving Time. William Kelso. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437165)

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PaperId(s): SYM-62,01

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America