Animation of the (Last) Week: Butchered Dog Humerus from Jamestown

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

Note: The director was occupied with a gas leak in his home this past week, which is why this is a tad delayed.


Today’s animation is a butchered dog humerus recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery.  Cut marks on the dog humerus 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 early last 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.

Categories: Animation of the day, dog, Gallery, groundhog, Jamestown Rediscovery, mandible, Zooarchaeology | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

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