The winter of 1609 to 1610 was treacherous for early American settlers. Some 240 of the 300 colonists at Jamestown, in Virginia, died during this period, called the "Starving Time," when they were under siege and had no way to get food.
Desperate times led to desperate measures. New evidence suggests that includes eating the flesh of fellow colonists who had already died.
Archaeologists revealed Wednesday their analysis of 17th century skeletal remains suggesting that settlers practiced cannibalism to survive.FULL STORY
Shades of the Donner Party. I'm not surprised.
"Oh come on kids. Go ahead and eat Uncle Jedediah. In 400 years, who's going to know?"
If you're speaking of the Jedidiah of the bible, that would be sick!
Jedidiah meaning ... hand or beloved of the Lord
Big deal. This kind of thing happens on lifeboats all the time, but you never hear us complain about it.
If you are one of 60 eating the remains of 240, why are you chopping away at heads and faces to get meat? I would guess that the easily cut meat from the arms and legs of one fat dude would be enough to feed an average person for a whole winter. Mythbusters should investigate.
Even in our modern world, cannobolism still happens.
the daughters of america need to claim their cannibalistic heritage...sew some skelton bones on their flag...lol
Dont try this at home.
Good for the brave settlers! That was exactly the right thing to do.
It is conceivable that, under those circumstances, some of the dead might have been killed. Lots may have been drawn. Is it better to have 240 dead, or 300 dead?
I would eat flowers, mushrooms, or grass... anything but flesh! Never ... Never ... flesh ...
Virginia is for (meat) Lovers