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Animation of the Day: Complete Goat Horn from Jamestown

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

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Today’s animation is a goat horn recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery.  According to Merry Outlaw, Curator of Archaeology for Jamestown Rediscovery, the butchered horn is from the post structure in the palisade extension to the original James Fort. It came from a large cellar (possible well) and dates prior to 1624. More information on the excavation of this feature can be found here.

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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.

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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.

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Animation of the Day: Late 17th Century Smoking Pipe from Jamestown

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

 

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Today’s animation is an early 17th century smoking pipe recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery, dating to ca. 1670.

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Animation of the Day: Early 17th Century Smoking Pipe from Jamestown

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

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Today’s animation is an early 17th century smoking pipe recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery.  It was found in the same cellar as the remains of a young woman known as “Jane.” For more on the individual identified as “Jane” whose body exhibits evidence of cannibalism, you can read Jane’s Story here.

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Animation of the Day: Native Pipe from Jamestown’s “John Smith” Well

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

1169_john_smith_well_pipeToday’s animation is a native-made pipe recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery from the “John Smith” well and therefore dates between 1608 and 1610. It was scanned on March 5, 2014, by the VCL’s Digital Curation Specialist Lauren  Volkers at the Jamestown Rediscovery laboratory.  More details about a recent scanning trip to Jamestown Rediscovery is present at our companion site for the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

Lauren Volkers examines the pipe as it is b eing scanned.

Lauren Volkers examines the pipe as it is being scanned.

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Animation of the Day: Butchered Horse Tibia from Jamestown

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

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Today’s animation is a butchered horse tibia recovered archaeologically by Jamestown Rediscovery. It was scanned on March 5, 2014, by the VCL’s Digital Curation Specialist Lauren  Volkers at the Jamestown Rediscovery laboratory. Cut marks on tibia indicate an attempt to remove flesh for consumption.  The butchered bone dates to the “starving time” during the winter of 1609-1610. VCL scanned a dog  mandible with butchery marks on an earlier visit, as documented here. More details about a recent scanning trip to Jamestown Rediscovery is present at our companion site for the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

Butchered horse tibia.

Butchered horse tibia.

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Animation of the Day: Butchered Dog Mandible from Jamestown

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

1059_dog_mandible_butcheredToday’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.

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Animation of the Day: Groundhog Skull with Perimortem Damage

745_groundhog skullby Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

Today’s animation is a groundhog skull that was recovered by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) student Ashley McCuistion (now the VCL’s Digital Curation Supervisor) in summer 2012 while she was digging at George Washington’s Ferry Farm. in Fredericksburg, Virginia, as part of the VCU archaeological field school. The skull and the rest of the groundhog skeleton were buried by archaeologists working in the 1990s. The skull exhibits damage from the time of death (perimortem) to its left cheek bone, probably associated with the animal’s demise.  Further details about this finding can be found at the VCL’s web site. A video produced for Instagram by Archaeology in the Community in the Virtual Curation Laboratory features the VCL’s Digital Zooarchaeologist Mariana Zechini discussing the skull, using a printed version made with a MakerBot Replicator.  The InstaGram video can be found here: http://instagram.com/p/jniwY7KqUc/#

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Animated Object of the Day: Os Coxa of a Groundhog

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

Today’s animated object is the os coxa of a groundhog from George Washington’s Ferry Farm.  This groundhog bone was recovered archaeologically in 2012 from a shovel test pit excavated by an earlier archaeologist in the 1990s.  Details on this groundhog finding are available here.

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