Of Jamestown and Neandertals

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About why cannibalism is a widespread human behavior in times of stress, new evidence emerges from a trash pit at Colonial Jamestown: “Evidence of Cannibalism Found at Jamestown Site”.

It is unclear how the young girl died but she was probably dead already and even buried before being butchered. According to a letter written in 1625 by George Percy, president of Jamestown during the starvation period, the famine was so intense thatt notheinge was Spared to mainteyne Lyfe and to doe those things which seame incredible, as to digge upp deade corpes outt of graves and to eate them.