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In April of 2012, archaeologists with the Jamestown Rediscovery Project returned to a feature attached to one of the colony's earliest buildings. They had come across other James Fort cellars in their two decades of investigating the fort, and now their work revealed this underground L-shaped room to be a kitchen. On July 27, 2012, archaeologists working on the cellar excavation uncovered a row of what looked like human teeth. But these teeth were buried in a layer of butchered animal bones and artifacts dating to the dark days of 1609-1610 known as "the starving time."

How were the remains of Jane found?

An early fort L-shaped cellar yielded two brick ovens, a compass dial, and a mystery.

How were the remains of Jane conserved?

Because forensic evidence from bones is so important, the first treatment of those bones is critical.

What other remains have been found at Jamestown?

Burials crisscross the James Fort area, both inside and outside the palisade. Some burials were carefully planned, others were done hastily.

Why did the Jamestown Rediscovery Project begin?

In 1994, most believed that the original James Fort site had washed away into the James River.

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