by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)
Today’s animation is a right humerus from a Bermuda petrel (cahow) recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery. This small bone from a bird found only on Bermuda has great significance. It symbolizes the end of the Starving Time at Jamestown. According to the Written in Bone exhibit web site:
These small petrel bones mark a crucial turning point. In May 1610, more colonists and supply ships from Bermuda landed in Jamestown. In journals written four hundred years ago, the surviving colonists credited their coming with saving the settlement from starvation and abandonment.