Cannibalism at Jamestown Lecture Coming to Hampton History Museum

They probably didn’t tell you about this in your 3rd grade history class.

In July 2012 archaeologists excavating James Fort uncovered the partial skeletal remains of a young English woman. Forensic analysis of her bones revealed that she had been cannibalized.

History shows that Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism during the “starving time:” a brutal winter between 1609-1610. . That winter only 60 out of 300 settlers survived and they were described as walking skeletons. Based on evidence, it appears that this young woman met that tragic fate after death.

The skeleton has been named “Jane” by scientists, and Dr. Beverly A. Straube, a former Senior Archaeological Curator for Jamestown Rediscovery Project, will present “Jane’s Story:  Hope, Starvation, and Survival—Cannibalism at Jamestown” as part of the Hampton History Museum’s Port Hampton Lecture series on Monday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.

The program is free for Hampton History Museum Members and $5.00 for non-members. The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane. There is plenty of free parking in the garage across from the museum. For more information, dial 757/727-1610, visit, or like the Hampton History Museum on Facebook.