by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)
Today’s animation is a butchered dog mandible recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery. Cut marks on the dog mandible near the broken end indicate an attempt to remove flesh for consumption. The butchered mandible dates to the “starving time” dated to the winter of 1609-1610. A spectacular forensic archaeological discovery announced earlier this year by Jamestown Rediscovery confirmed historic documents that indicate the residents of James Fort also turned toward cannibalism. For more on the individual identified as “Jane” whose body exhibits evidence of cannibalism, you can read Jane’s Story here.