English settlers in US turned to cannibalism

  • ANI, London
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  • Updated: May 03, 2013 02:26 IST

Newly discovered human bones have proven that the first permanent English settlers in North America became cannibals to deal with the winter of 1609-10, US researchers have said.

Scientists said that they discovered unusual cuts consistent with butchering for meat on human bones that were dumped in a rubbish pit.

The four-century-old skull and tibia of a teenage girl in James Fort, Virginia, were excavated from the dump last year.

James Fort, which was founded in 1607, was the earliest part of the Jamestown colony.

 

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