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    See the following two sites for newly announced info - DNA testing is planned.

    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/...-at-jamestown/

    http://historicjamestowne.org/jane/jane.php

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    Originally posted by vinnie View Post
    See the following two sites for newly announced info - DNA testing is planned.

    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/...-at-jamestown/

    http://historicjamestowne.org/jane/jane.php
    That's just gross. They probably killed her to relieve suffering but I would bolt and risk the tribes killing me before I resorted to cannibalism.

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      This must not be a very popular thesis topic. Took them long enough; I remember this being taught in Survey of American History 101 back in the mid-1970's at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Wilma Wildcat View Post
        This must not be a very popular thesis topic. Took them long enough; I remember this being taught in Survey of American History 101 back in the mid-1970's at Virginia Commonwealth University.
        I'd heard of the Donner party in some South American plane crash and of Papua New Guinea head hunters and we've all seen the cartoons that make light of it. Maybe they should get Hollywood network television writers to do their research they seem to be obsessed with such topics.

        I've already restricted television to a few hours of PBS now I have to start restricting DNA and genealogy reading too. Their are some things that need to be marked with a clear warning a bit more stringent than an X label slapped on porn but TV and the movies has desensitized too many.

        Maybe Microsoft and Google need to come up with a child's browser for kids and those not interested in Friday the 13th Part XXX 'Jason Does Jersey'

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        • #5
          Originally posted by B52 View Post
          That's just gross. They probably killed her to relieve suffering but I would bolt and risk the tribes killing me before I resorted to cannibalism.
          Apparently they don't believe so due to the social stigma attached to such an act. But I suppose it's possible given where they found her remains. It'll be interesting to know her haplogroup - more interesting if any aDNA survived that could be matched against Colonial American databases.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by B52 View Post
            They probably killed her to relieve suffering
            Is that just your own speculation ?

            Al-Jazeera quotes the Smithsonian for saying that 'there was no evidence of murder'.

            The same source is quoted for stating: 'the subject may have been chosen because others in her household were already dead and there was no one to bury her'.

            But perhaps further analysis will provide more information.

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