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How were the remains of Jane conserved?

Once the pedestal of soil was carried from the James Fort site to the Rediscovery Center laboratory, the curatorial staff had to find a way to excavate the skeletal remains carefully to draw out as much information as possible without damaging the remains. In this controlled environment, micro tools, picks, and brushes were used to avoid marring the surface of the bones with marks that could be misinterpreted as forensic evidence of how this person lived and eventually died. The humidity of the workplace also had to be monitored as the bones were removed from the earthen encasement so the bones would not dry too quickly and then crack or peel.

How Were Jane's Remains Conserved?

Michael Lavin, senior conservator at the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, cleans dirt away from the fragments of skull found within the L-shaped cellar in the summer of 2012.

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