Bone

  • Faunal Material & Feasting

    Known to archaeologists as “faunal” material, animal remains (bone and shell) is one of the most informative artifact types found at Jamestown. For the past two […]

    • Date

       November 2, 2017

    • Task

       Study Collection

    • Category

       Bone, Foodways

  • Bone Knife

    The archaeological collections of Jamestown Rediscovery include 301 table knives—either the handles or the blades, or a combination of both. This is not surprising because at […]

    • Date

       March 29, 2018

    • Task

       Study Collection

    • Category

       Bone, Foodways

  • Surgically-Marked Skull Fragment

    This fragment from the back of a human skull was not found with a body in a formal grave. Archaeologists discovered it with the colonists’ trash […]

  • Sea Turtle Shell

    This Green or possible Loggerhead Sea turtle (Cheloniidae) carapace was excavated from a feature believed to be James Fort’s first well. Located in the center of […]

  • The First Casualty

    In the summer of 2004 a burial was excavated just inside James Fort’s western palisade wall. This burial was the northernmost of more than 30 burials […]

  • Cahow Bones

    It may have been the cahow’s shrieks that caused sailors to avoid Bermuda for a century and nickname it the “Isle of Devils.” The nocturnal cahow […]

  • Dog Bones

    A mysterious gunpowder explosion wounded Captain John Smith badly and sent him back to England in October 1609. Jamestown became isolated. Chief Powhatan applied pressure to […]

  • Horse Bones

    “Six Mares and two Horses” were loaded onto the Blessing in Plymouth, England, in May 1609 for a three-month voyage to Jamestown. Transporting horses was expensive […]