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Scientific and Historical Analysis of Dis-articulated Human Skeletal Remains from James Fort, 1607 - (1615?)

Author(s): Jamie May ; Karin Bruwelheide

Year: 2014

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Summary

The Jamestown Rediscovery Project has investigated early colonial burials, but the vast majority of Jamestown graves remain unexcavated. However, the continuous and evolving occupation of the site throughout and beyond the James Fort period means that disarticulated human bones are periodically discovered within sealed, fort-period contexts that are not graves. The fill layers of a fort bulwark trench, an early fort well, and the cellar of an early work building all yielded partial human crania over the course of the 20 year project before ‘Jane’s’ discovery. These examples tell their own stories, answering some questions and presenting new ones about where they came from and how they were deposited in unexpected contexts.


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Scientific and Historical Analysis of Dis-articulated Human Skeletal Remains from James Fort, 1607 - (1615?). Jamie May, Karin Bruwelheide. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437173)


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PaperId(s): SYM-62,09

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