Scientists find evidence of cannibalism at Jamestown, America's 1st permanent English colony

  • Article by: BRETT ZONGKER , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 1, 2013 - 5:05 PM
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crmbpatMay. 1, 13 6:50 PM

Is this really a surprise? The winter of 1609-1610 was known as the "Starving Time." They ate horses and dogs, I don't think it's all that surprising that they ate humans. Only 60 or so settlers even survived that winter after hundreds died.

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daytonsajokeMay. 1, 13 6:54 PM

I've read accounts of Canada's First Nation tribal members having to resort to cannibalism to survive so this doesn't surprise me in the least.

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getcrazyMay. 1, 13 8:51 PM

@daytonsajoke--"I've read accounts of Canada's First Nation tribal members having to resort to cannibalism to survive so this doesn't surprise me in the least."---Ummmm in over the 200,000 years of us being in existence it's happened with ALL peoples going all the way back to the beginning. Say like well know places like Donner Pass all the way back to Easter Island and even a soccer team that crashed an airplane in the mountains. People run out of food and they eat each other. You don't have to be in Jamestown or be a Native North American. I'm not sure of the point of ty

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dtmonkeyboyMay. 2, 13 2:10 AM

I think a distinction should be made between canabalism in which you eat dead people and cannabalism in which you kill people in order to eat them. Both are horrible if not out of necessity, but if a person were starving I could see where you would eat the dead. I don't think you can ever justify killing another because you are hungry.

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daytonsajokeMay. 2, 1310:39 AM

getcrazyMay. 1, 13 8:51 PM @daytonsajoke--"I've read accounts of Canada's First Nation tribal members having to resort to cannibalism to survive so this doesn't surprise me in the least."---Ummmm in over the 200,000 years of us being in existence it's happened with ALL peoples going all the way back to the beginning. Say like well know places like Donner Pass all the way back to Easter Island and even a soccer team that crashed an airplane in the mountains. People run out of food and they eat each other. You don't have to be in Jamestown or be a Native North American. I'm not sure of the point of ty...............................the point is that I happened to read about it years ago and it happened around the same general time period. Satisfied?

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