A little more than four centuries ago, settlers with the Virginia Company landed in America and founded the country’s first English settlement. That settlement, Jamestown, was established on the banks of the James River, thus the name Jamestown. That settlement proved in the long run to be anything but a success. Its numbers were decimated by disease, conflict with local native groups, and lack of food and other basic supplies. And three years ago, archaeologists researching the site of Jamestown made a discovery revealing that the result of those obstacles was far more gruesome than had originally been thought. That find is being documented in a new episode of PBS’ series Secrets of the Dead that will be available on DVD Tuesday, November 24th.
Secrets of the Dead: Jamestown’s Dark Winter covers a shocking discovery made by archaeologists researching the site of Jamestown. In their efforts to uncover the history behind the site, those scientists discovered the bones of what would have then been a 14-year old girl in a pit mixed in with bones of animals in the trash layer of a cellar on site. The bones bear intriguing cut marks on the lower jaw and front of the cranium hinting at a very terrible fate for the girl. It is also believed in investigating the remains that the girl, dubbed “Jane,” was not the only victim of the grisly fate that had befallen her. It is believed that others suffered the same fate. It is all covered in Secrets of the Dead: Jamestown’s Dark Winter.
Secrets of the Dead: Jamestown’s Dark Winter will be available on Tuesday, November 24th exclusively on DVD. It will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and can be ordered at a discounted price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=75961216&cp=&kw=secrets+of+the+dead+jamestowns+dark+winter&origkw=Secrets+of+the+dead+Jamestown%27s+dark+winter&sr=1. More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online now at:
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