Animation of the Day: Bermuda Snail Shell from Jamestown

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a snail’s shell (Cittarium picus)  that was recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery at James Fort. This shell is from an edible species of snail native to Bermuda. It was scanned on April 18, 2014  at the Jamestown Rediscovery laboratory.  According to Mark Kostro of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation “Cittarium pica is a marine snail living in the rocky intertidal. Their shells, however, are often re-occupied by hermit crabs thus bringing them onto land, among other forces, anthropogenic or otherwise.” Jamestown Rediscovery curator Merry Outlaw notes that the species became locally extinct on Bermuda, which impacted the hermit crab population.  The species has been reintroduced and is now protected.

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Categories: 17th century, Animation of the day, Gallery, Jamestown Rediscovery, snail, Zooarchaeology | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

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