Written in Bone: Discovering Jane

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Creator: Hurlbert, Donald E

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Date: 2012

Citation: Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History

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JamesFort-APV-JR3081F The proximal end of a tibia was also found in the cellar, somewhat removed from the skull. The epiphysis was not yet fused to the tibia, an indication that this came from a person who was still growing. There is also a straight-edged chop in posterior aspect of the proximal tibia. This bone likely belonged to "Jane," a fourteen year old female found during the excavation of a cellar during Jamestown Rediscovery's 2012 field season. Her bones show evidence of survival cannibalism, which was documented during the 1609-1610 "starving time" winter.


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  • Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake (Exhibition) (2009-2014: Washington, D.C.)


This image was for Dr. Douglas Owsley's exhibit "Written in Bone." "Written in Bone" was a popular exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History that ran from February 7, 2009 to January 6, 2014. The exhibit examined history through forensic anthropological investigations of 17th-century human skeletal remains including those of colonists teetering on the edge of survival at Jamestown, Virginia; those living in the wealthy and well-established settlement of St. Mary's City, Maryland; and farmers located in Leavy Neck in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Original filename: JamesFort_APV_JR3081F_036.tif

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  • August 23, 2012

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