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Unit One Reaction Post #4: Jamestown excavation unearths four bodies — and a mystery in a small box

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/jamestown-excavation-unearths-four-bodies–and-a-mystery-in-a-small-box/2015/07/27/0bb51cb8-2a59-11e5-a5ea-cf74396e59ec_story.html

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42 Comments

  1. Hogie says:

    I’d like to say that this is one of the most interesting articles I have read in awhile. Jamestown is such an interesting topic. I’ve actually been to Jamestown about 2 times now and I’ve seen the graves of all of the people in this article. It’s a bummer that you can’t see the actual bones of the first colonist of Jamestown. I mean I understand why you can’t but it would still be pretty cool to see them. I remember when I went there once and I saw someone bones (fake of course) and the person had a bullet in his leg. The tour guy said that he accidentally got shot and he died because his leg got infected or something like that. Also when I went there I remember seeing the actual place where the border walls of Jamestown once stood. I found it pretty sad that someone ate a 14 year old girl. I mean who would do such a thing? I guess the person that did it had to be really hungry. I also found it pretty strange that someone just got a little box, put bones in it and buried it. I mean I’ve buried many things when I was little. Once I buried 5 of my toy cars under my porch in a little metal box. I wonder what people will think what people will think when they find that.

  2. Kevin Cox says:

    First off, I was very surprised to find that the people of Jamestown buried their dead in the church, not outside of it in a graveyard as we do today. Though if you think about it, it does make sense; the people buried inside the church were the most important deceased in the town. Just as humans have for years given kings, pharaohs, high ranking religious people, and many others special burial places. Usually these places were a fancy crypt, (or pyramid) I guess this was a close as the settlers in Jamestown could come to honor the dead in the midst of starvation and war. One of the writer’s theories on what the little silver box is, is that Archer was a Catholic and that the box was a Catholic reliquary, but that doesn’t make any sense. If Archer was a known Catholic, he would have been executed, or at least cast out of the town, certainly not buried in a place of honor. So if he is a Catholic he had to secretly be Catholic if he was still considered important to the town. However if Archer was pretending to be protestant, why would the people of the town think to bury him with the box? They couldn’t have know that it had some religious value to Archer, unless Archer wasn’t the only one who was secretly a Catholic, which seems unlikely that a group of Catholics would run from Europe with a bunch of protestants who were trying to get away from said Catholics.

  3. brianwangwqy says:

    The excavations found in Jamestown shocked me when I read the article for two points mainly. One is the great power and respect of religion, and another one is the starvation that existed around 1609. The burial of the four VIPs looks so serious and holy to me personally even I am a non-believer of the religion. The colonists came to the American land searching for the freedom of the religion which their original countries could not give them, and when some of the founders of the colony died, the other people buried them in the traditional way. The coffin is fancy; the silver box shows respect of the religion, and an optimistic hope of getting through the calamity. I think the existence of these important virtues in the first men lived there is one of the biggest elements that made the colonization extremely successful and finally created America. Next is the huge starvation caused by the native Indians’ attacks and the bad diseases. Although they really faced an exhausted situation, for instance, these four people that were dead were between 24-39 years old, which is an abnormal age to die nowadays, these great colonizers stayed confirmedly with persistence. These are the things I found out shocking after I read the article and watched the research-intro video on the website.

  4. JaLyn King says:

    This article really caught my attention. Its amazing how the archeologists find all sorts of things by digging from the ground! Especially because they had no idea the bodies even existed. Also, the Jamestown people buried the dead bodies inside the church, i think thats a little weird. I realize that this is back in the day, but burying someone inside the church instead of outside in a graveyard is extreme. I couldn’t even imagine how they felt when they found all those human bones and then a mysterious box. I also found it very unusual that the Jamestown people considered eating the others because they were going through a starvation period. Even if I was dying of starvation I would never even think about eating another person, I would rather die. The archeologist think that it would be best to leave the mystery box closed, but in my opinion, they should open it to see what is inside. The box is very old so they are going to have to open it eventually so why not start now and analyze the items found inside.

  5. Rebecca Zhao says:

    I am sure that the four Jamestown’s founders got unprecedented respect from their people. First, they four were buried in a church but not a graveyard, where people are usually buried. People treated these founding fathers as holy as God, and gave them almost the same rights with God. When people come to church, they not only worshiped Jesus and God, but also those four. Second, it is really impressive that their coffins are very elaborate. Back then, there was far less wealth in colonies than in Europe. Especially, the time period they died was the starving time. During those years, everyone was concerning about how to fill his own stomach. Even at such difficult time, people paid lots of extra efforts on making beautiful coffins for the four VIPs. Thus, it is obvious that people respected their founding fathers a lot. Third, it is kind of weird, but it’s true that the four people were not eaten by others after they died. In the last passage I read, because of starving, people started to feed on dead humans. “Jane”, for example, was a teenage girl who had been eaten by others after she died. It is really miraculous that none of the four people was eaten by anyone. This is already a huge respect that people gave to these founder. However, interestingly, it seems that this also confirm the fact that women were in a low status and only they were the ones who had been eaten by others.

  6. Almero Henning says:

    It is remarkable that those graves have not been found in recent years. A discovery of that magnitude gives us insight into Jamestown and the lives of the colonists. The four men buried in coffins were very important figures in Jamestown, probably some of the first settlers. The small silver box will forever remain a mystery. Although it is very interesting to see a very Catholic tradition so prominently displayed in Jamestown which came to be known as New England. However, there might be an explanation for that, it is possible that one of the settler wasn’t outlawed for their faith in England but merely seeking fortune in the new world.

    I was astonished by the precession of the archaeologist. Working inch by inch, never disturbing on of the bones or nails. So precise that they could tell that shape of the cast by looking at where the nails were found. With all this technology there is no telling where we are heading and what we will find. I am more than convinced that the unknown parts of history will be found in my life time. The Jamestown Rediscovery has done an amazing job at reconstructing this historic site and piecing together history as never before.

  7. Jeremy Wagner says:

    In the Colonial era there was a man by the name of Christopher Columbus. Christopher discovered America in 1492 but realized he was not the first person to come across this land. Turns out that the Native Americans were there long before Columbus’s time. There were 90 to 100 million Native Americans already living in America and they came from Asia across the land bridge trying to expand. Many people believe that the Native Americans were good with the nature but they were not at all. The Native Americans burned the woods except for the trees to clear the underbrush so hunting and transportation could be easier. Native Americans relied on hunting big game so that they could feed their tribe. They also relied on crops such as corn and potatoes. The potato was the main crop until it became infected with a fungus that killed all the crop. The fungus came from bird poop that was brought to America as manure.When Christopher came over more explorers came as well. One of the explorer’s name was De Soto. De Soto was on an expedition in search of gold in what is now the southwest region of America. De Soto brought pigs from Europe and it carried a disease. This disease wiped out all of the Native Americans. More people came to America and ended up catching diseases. The deadliest disease was smallpox. People began to learn how to deal with these diseases and were able to live long lives.

  8. yuechun yao says:

    It is percussive that four founders receive inconceivable respect from their follower. Normally, people would be buried in the graveyard. However, the four founders were buried in the church. As we all know, the church is a holy place which had Gods spirit. By buried them in a holy place, it adequately shows their high social status. Every time, when people come to church and pray. They do not only pray to God but also pray to them. Moreover, the coffins of four founders were very fancy in the picture. It is very rare since at that time people experienced a great famine. They were starving. Under that kind of hard situation, people still took time and pains to make coffins for them. This also demonstrates that people respect them so much. Furthermore, in the passage, the author mentions cannibalism has existed at that time. They would dig up the dead body for food, for instance, a teenage girl had been eaten after she died. Nevertheless, they did not eat their body. It is possible that since their body was buried in the church, people may think to eat their body is disdaining God. But more likely, it is because they respect them. I agree with William M. Kelso’s decision –– not plan open the box. Although I am not a religious person, I think it is still very important to respect other people’s faith. In the article, the author also mentions that the box was inside the reliquary. It tells us this box is important for those people, although we do not know why. But we cannot break the box which is important to others, just because of our curiousness. In Tibet, there is a religious tradition called celestial burial. Typically, it is a Tibetan ritual in which vultures consume the corpses. Since Tibetan believe those non-Tibetan would stain the ritual, it is not allowed anybody to watch celestial burial but Tibetan themselves. Many non-Tibetan scholars are curious about the details of ritual, but no one said they are going to watch the ritual because of they do not believe what Tibetan believed. In conclusion, we do not believe in the same religion does not mean we can break their rule.

  9. yuechun yao says:

    It is percussive that four founders receive inconceivable respect from their followers. Normally, people would be buried in the graveyard. However, the four founders were buried in the church. As we all know, the church is a holy place which had God’s spirit. By buried them in a holy place, it adequately shows their high social status. Every time, when people come to church and pray. They are not only pray to God but also pray to them. Moreover, the coffins of four founders look very fancy in the picture. It is very rare since at that time people experienced a great famine. They were starving. Under that kind of hard situation, people still took time and pains to make coffins for them. This also demonstrates that people respect them so much. Furthermore, in the passage, the author mentions cannibalism has existed at that time. They would dig up the dead body for food. For instance, a teenage girl had been eaten after she died. Nevertheless, they did not eat their body. It is possible that since their body was buried in the church, people may think eating their body is disdaining God. But more likely, it is because they respect them. I agree with William M. Kelso’s decision –– not plan open the box. Although I am not a religious person, I think it is still very important to respect other people’s faith. In the article, the author also mentions that the box was inside the reliquary. It tells us this box is important for those people, although we do not know why. But we cannot break the box which is important to others, just because of our curiousness. In Tibet, there is a religious tradition called celestial burial. Typically, it is a Tibetan ritual in which vultures consume the corpses. Since Tibetan believe those non-Tibetan would stain the ritual, it is not allowed anybody to watch celestial burial but Tibetan themselves. Many non-Tibetan scholars are curious about the details of ritual, but no one said they are going to watch the ritual because of they do not believe what Tibetan believed. In conclusion, we do not believe in the same religion does not mean we can break their rule.

  10. Will Thompson says:

    This article sparked my interest for two main reasons. The power of religion, and the fear of death. To begin, many settlers came to Jamestown to escape something, whether it be a wife having an affair or religious persecution. Upon their arrival they were met with harsh rations, hostile Indians, and little supplies. In the spring of 1610, three years after the original settlers had arrived two ships loaded with settlers arrived at Jamestown to find the settlement torn apart, burned, and looted,with these facts in mind it’s no wonder colonists were running into the the woods where they were besieged by Indians, and brutally murdered. You must ask yourself, how bad must their suffering have been for a human to commit assisted suicide. Of the 300 colonists who had been there the previous fall, only 60 had remained and what they had experienced had gotten to them mentally and physically with one colonist named Gates writing “we are starved. We are starved.” You can almost feel the desperation and despair in this quote, I do not consider myself to be a religious person but after deep thought and the hardships they endured it makes sense that they’d look to god for faith. This persistency and faith of the colonists served its purpose, arguably setting the groundwork for what America has become today, with men eating dead 14 year old girls and people dying at ages 20-35 which are extremely young ages in today’s world, the little documents left behind prove to us that suffering can serve its purpose and even spark the beginning of the world’s greatest nation.

  11. Joe Cermin says:

    These first founders of English America were all young when they died, meaning that they most likely did not die of natural causes. Also, when they were all examined, it was said that they all died fast. This gives an idea of how life was and how easy it was for people to die in the early years of colonization. They each had different coffins which showed how they were ranked among each other, all four were found in different types of coffins which is cool to see the different beliefs of these men. What was weird is that one of the men, Archer, had 14 cavities and when he died he had wounds on his hands from Indians. Another man found, Sir Ferdinando Wainman, was found with lead in his bones showing signs of high status. Burials date back thousands of years ago and some traditions live on with the evidence found in Jamestown in 2013. One grave was said to have resembled ancient egyptians and not all of them had it. This discovery was an amazing find, we can now put together how these men were living and the types of systems they had with rankings and etc. Being the archaeologist that discovered this has given answers to many questions about life in Jamestown. When discovering King Tut’s tomb in Egypt, they noticed the different ranking among all the people buried. Much like this case, people were buried based on how high the person’s status was.

  12. Thomas-Louis Deshaies says:

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    The story of the America is pretty awesome because they have a lot of nations in this boats .
    Let’s talk about this this the first people on the continent , how? How they pass the ocean ?
    It have a lot of theories about this story , but the most consistency is the strait of bering.
    After , the that it was Christopher Columbus in 1492 , but at the start he don’t actully know he was in the America , he think he was on Asian for the spice and the golds.
    But it’s start to be more interesting because after that a wars was start for many thinks , for the beavers furs, the silvers and the golds enter the most big nations on the world at this moment . The England but in place a colonie in 1587 in North Carolina , the conquistadors went the the inca empire in 1519 for the resources .
    After the French with Jaques Cartier go in the St.Lawrence rivers in 1535-1536 , and for finish Samuel de Champlain went to the St Laurence rivers to but a colonie, He created the colonie of Québec .

  13. JuliaMartins says:

    It amazes me to see that even after so many years there is still so much to discover and learn from. Four bodies and a small mysterious box were able to tell us so much, and rise so many questions and studies. It took us all the way back to the 1600s in England. It is shocking to see the explanations to those deaths. Four young men who died at such young age when compared to nowadays due to starvation. What really caught my attention was the fact that there was also cannibalism present due to this starvation, which in my point of view it is insane. In history there were so many losses of early civilizations due to famines and diseases (for example the inca), and it is unbelievable to have a proof of it right here in Virginia. Along with that came the religious artifact, the small silver box. Such a mysterious box that raised different hypothesis. It was interesting to see the difference between the two discoveries, the bodies and the pieces of bones inside the box, how each detail could say something about them, such as the fact that were small pieces of bone in the box not just one which suggested it was a devotion. It is very interesting to see all kinds of things that people would do for religion years ago, which would go way beyond going to churches on Sundays or praying for example. Through each of its characteristics and uniqueness history was traced.

  14. Shawn Lu says:

    Archaeologists have discovered the graves of four Jamestown founders. James Horn who is president of Jamestown Rediscovery said: “It’s the most remarkable archaeology discovery of recent years”. This is a big deal and it surprised me because I don’t understand why 4 Jamestown’s founders were buried underground under a small church. In China, the person who has the identity like these finders will always bury with a giant Tombstone or huge underground graves with a lot of gold and silver. Usually, that’s how they bury Emperor and other people who have a high status. In this article, I believe these four founders have the same status as the Emperor. However, they were just buried under a small church. I have two guesses. First of all, the article mentioned that people were starving “Of the 300 or so colonists who had been there the previous fall, only about 60 emaciated survivors remained. They were “lamentable to behowlde,” Gates wrote, “cryeinge owtt, ‘we are starved. We are starved.’ ”. Therefore, they might not have the money and the manpower to build a fancy gravestone. Secondly, the article also mentioned that there is a silver box in side the coffin. As what I read in some books, silver is used to prevent evil so they could be some religious fanatics. That’s why they were buried under a church with a silver box. “Plans to build a memorial garden and mausoleum to hold all the remains recovered at Jamestown over the years”. After all, they were planning to build a park for them and it is too late to remember these Jamestown’s founders.

  15. Jane Tullis says:

    While I was reading this article, it took me back to when I visited Jamestown two years ago. Images of my friends and I walking around Jamestown and seeing where the Church was with all the graves, were popping up in my head as I read. I think it is crazy that we have found four of the first founders of English America 400 years after they died and were buried. These excavations found in Jamestown show a religious side and one of great wealth and power. Their coffins were made out of silver and buried under a Church. In the Catholic religion, relics of saints are places inside the Church as a sacred object of great significance. Such these silver coffins were possibly part of their Catholic tradition. These first men were successful in the colonization of American in 1607 because of their virtues. According to the article, they were starved, attacked by the Indianans, and caught deadly diseases but that did not stop them from colonizing Jamestown. But why would they eat other people? And a 14-year-old girl?? I guess it was a life or death situation but still I would never do that! It also shows that women were lower than men were back in the 1600’s. All this proof tells us that those four people were very much respected and that all the settlers in Jamestown were proud to have found new land.

  16. rachel says:

    It is crazy to think that after 400 years they have only just in the past couple years discovered this. I have visited the Jamestown settlement only once before even though it is so close to me when I was in the 5th grade, but I have learned about what happened in Jamestown so many times before. I have also been in a museum where they talked about all the cannibalism that occured there, and I remember reading something about the fourteen year old girl while I was there. It just seems so weird to think about the cannibalism that would have been happening at the time like how they talked about the fourteen year old girl whose skull had cut marks in it. I just can not even imagine how hungry you would have to be to actually even have the thought of eating men and women dug out from their graves, or a fourteen year old girl. I also find it quite interesting that they have buried these certain people inside the church instead of outside, since burying someone outside just seems like the most common thought would be to bury everyone outside since that’s how we do it today.

  17. AAAmily says:

    It is so weird for someone to be buried in the church! When people die, they often go into graves. I wonder if these four founders had the honor to have themselves lay in such a holy place is because their status were pretty high at that time. Another question I have is what on earth is in the silver box. So, what can be in it? According to their status, I bet there were some valuable stuff. I am eager to know what is inside and the silly archaeologist seems not wanting to open it because he thinks it is not respectable. This is stupid to me since there also could be something that might help people to learn the past better. Here is an example for my argument.
    1.5 km from a farm, a farmer in China found a mausoleum of one of the Qing emperor, Qianlong, who is one of the greatest emperor in Chinese history. According to the national archaeologist groups, they found out some unprecedentedly masterpiece art crafts from the Qing Dynasty which they had never seen before. This discovery enabled historians to shape the Qing Dynasty better based on the things had been discovered.
    Therefore, I think it is reasonable to explore some secrets of the human history and keeps repeat for them at the same time. Finding out the truth such as archaeology is a work not only looking through the past, but also for the future of all human being.

  18. Tyler says:

    After reading this article, I am very shocked and amazed due to the fact how historians not only discover this information but how in depth they can go with it. I realized how important religion is and how much attention and dedication was given to it. About the four VIPs they look so traditional to religion and of course they look very old. I also learned that in 1610 starvation played a huge role and how deprived they were of nutrition. This deprivation of food and lack of nutrition will be a continuous problem for everyone in this era. This was mainly caused by the Native Indians because they had also brought all the bad diseases. Although deprivation wasn’t the purpose of this message it played a huge role. The purpose of the document is to go in depth about the four bodies and the mystery box. A good synthesis would be a classic historian discovering dinosaur bones and writing an article about it. These are the main things I have learned throughout this article.

  19. Anna Dove says:

    Cannibalism has never made sense to me. The very idea of eating someone of the same species is horrific. This reminded of the Donner party, the Donner party was a group traveling in Colorado in the early 1900’s and they got stuck as winter came. After eating horses, cattle, and any other means of food available to them, they turned to cannibalism. Not to mention these people were dead when they were eaten. It is sick to rob someone’s grave and then go on to rob them of them of bodies as well. This just goes to show the lengths that people went to survive in critical situations.

  20. kayleighcreammer says:

    When I read this article about the exactions found in Jamestown, I was surprised about two details. Firstly, about the traditional virtues and morals that was still respected. Secondly, I was shocked that in 1609, hunger and starvation was still persevering.
    The excavations revealed four mens’ bodies buried beneath a church. While something like that could be viewed as a very sacred thing, I think instead that it is a little morbid to have something as dark as death be so near to something supposed to be so holy and pure. However, I do respect that these men were laid to rest traditionally with lavish coffins, and the one man had his silver box to hold onto. It shows that these men were respected in the community, and even after death their status was still upheld. I believe that the existence of these founding men and their virtues laid the foundation for other colonists to follow and eventually lead to a greater America.
    In 1609 I was not expecting starvation to be such a proficient thing. Due to the rise of disease and the attacks from the natives, starvation became an apparent thing. For instance, the 14 year old girl that was used for food. Personally, I could not even begin to think of the mindset one would have to be in to be so hungry, that they would ruin another human’s life by using them as a food source. Especially a child as young as that. But then that raises the question of were women and children eaten first because they weren’t as useful as a man? Were their lives valued less? Or was it expected for them to surrender to men as their food? Just taking a look at the burials of the four VIPs reveals how respected they were, but then looking at the 14 year old’s implies that she was much less in this community.
    In conclusion, these things were what I was astounded by when I read this article.

  21. Zoe Ding says:

    It really surprises me that the archaeologists could find these many things in the Jamestown nowadays. What I am pretty sure after reading this passage is that these four people had a really high status in the society at that time. First, in that time of starvation, many people died of hunger. Some people even ate snakes, dogs and other people to keep alive. It really shocked me that the 14-year-old girl was eaten by others! However, in such living conditions, the body of the four VIPs were preserved very well, nobody ever went to the church to eat their bodies or took anything from their coffins. I assume at that time, women and children are the lowest class, that’s why they are always eaten by others. Moreover, the people there spent much money to make a silver box to memorize these people. Second, it really surprises me that these people were buried in the church instead of gravy land. In Chinese history, none the emperors or presidents was ever buried in a palace or church. I am also amazed by how religious these people are, they decided to bury their most respectful people, the people who brought them freedom, in the church.
    Also, in my opinion, it’s a stupid idea that the archaeologists decided not to open the box for respect. For me, the best way to show respect to these four people is to open the box and try to get more information about the Jamestown from it.

  22. morgan kou says:

    This is an amazing article, the archaeologists can just use four bodies and a silver box to get a lot of information. I am so interested in archeology. This is my first time to know how archaeologist to discovered bodies and how they use a box to get so much information. I am also amazing about these four people to have high respect and status. People respect them. Archaeologists find the silver box, I think that presents a high status, I think that box must be very precious. They buried in the church where the place of God. Normally, people just buried underground. In people’s heart, they like a God. In that time I believe religion is so important, and many people believe in God, they treat this four people like the god. Starving is a horrific thing, many people died during starving, people did not have food to eat.

  23. Gabe Beroza says:

    It is incredible that even after so much time there is still so much that can be learned. It is also weird to think about how much of the history we know is valid. The fact that all four men had special roles and were buried together. The history and background for each person is quite amazing. They list off who these bones belonged to and even who their parents were. This leaves me wondering what archaeologists will be able to discover in the future with more advancements in their field. They could potentially go back in time just by knowing exactly what happened to all these people. But most of this reading that stands out is their lack of food and how desperate everyone became. They ate their own horses and for some life was so bad they would run off into the woods to be killed by Indians. I believe that the scientist should have opened the box to be sure of the contents inside.

  24. Aundre says:

    This article was really interesting because, you don’t see a lot of people burying bodies inside a church. Usually outside at a grave. Also about the people’s diet back then, they ate snakes, dogs, and practiced cannibalism. The pictures of the remains at the Smithsonian’s National Museum, were a great depiction of the early Native Americans. The remains told a lot about who the person was. I remember seeing something like this on a museum trip when i was on middle school. It was cool how they were able to describe who the person was from their bones. They found that a girls skull had cut marks. This was a sign of cannibalism, she was only fourteen years old. What was also interesting, was that people usually dug up corpses for food. I don’t think anyone in our day and age would be so hungry and desperate to dig someone’s dead body up for a meal. If I were the archeologist I would’ve opened up the box.

  25. Stella Maaa says:

    The stories of JamesTown reaffirm the faith power in my heart. During 1600s, the “starving time” forced people to evoke their basic animal instincts that to eat anything they can find. Archeologists discover that survivors ate an 14-year-old girl. How hungry they were to eat fellow humans, a little girl, that is unbelievable. Under such bad situation, however, people still remembered what they believe. They came to the New Land for freedom of religion, they would not be oppressed by the Catholics here and hope to have a good life. Although the second hope did not achieve, people tried their best to keep their faith. There were four VIPs who were respectful and made efforts for the communities buried under the church. People did not eat them body like that little girl. On the contrary, survivors built dedicated coffins and dug graves for VIPs even when they were extremely hungry. Most of people spent all of their time to find food, but these people would like to follow their religious tradition to bury these important people. These people presents an obvious contrast against colonists who came to America for Gold and resources, like Spanish and Portuguese colonists after Columbus Voyage, these greedy colonists squeezed America’s value as much as they can to benefit themselves.

  26. Jack M says:

    The excavations found in Jamestown surprised me when I read through this article . my point, power and respect of religion, and another one is the starvation that existed around 1609. The burial of the four VIPs looked very thought out and religious to me despite myself failing to believe in this religion. The colonists came to the America in need of religious freedom. when some of the founders of the colony passed away, the people still living in the colony showed their respect by burying them in a traditional way. The coffin can depict their respect of religion, and as well as a sign of hope. I believe that this made a big impact on the colonization of America and brought the people together because of the bond they had between religions.

  27. Jack M says:

    The second point which is the starvation, was a big part in the role of death during 1609 and onwards. The people easily spread diseases and germs throughout the colony which made it hard to stay alive and healthy during the settlement of Jamestown. These two things sparked my comments, and i believe were the most interesting parts of the post.

  28. Dae Dae says:

    After this blog it taught me a lot about the history of the Jamestown and how they treated the dead. Never would have thought that they would burry them under a church. The traditional way is much more boring now because of this article. It also shows there weird choices of food . They liked to eat snakes and other things that we wouldn’t eat today. Most of them practiced cannibalism in the early years , they ate their friends and family it was really weird to me. It opened my eyes to the earlier years in Virginia. I Never would’ve thought that Va would do things like this it seems to me like a foreign thing to do. I heard about foreign countries eating people and burying them in weird places never this close.

  29. Tariq says:

    This article was very intriguing as it raised a large amount of question for you to take in personally such as how why when the bodies where put there as well as what this discovery helps with going forward when you go more in depth there’s is just so many questions to ask my main being why there was such an imbalance between the rich and the poor as it seems they had so much wealth that they had enough funds in order to be provided with special coffins made out of the best materials that essentially lasted a very long time what was also intriguing about the coffins was special head piece that was fitted which is normally unusual also the fact that 14 year old girls are being eaten puts more emphasis on the fact that in the 1600s faming was a big issue main reasoning for this I would have to guess was disease to crops and to the people as there may have not been enough food to feed the people as well as a decline in valuable members of society such as farmers doctors etc due to the rise in deaths

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