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Roanoke Island Mystery May Finally Be Solved

Archaeologists dig up new items in North Carolina

(Newser) - The mystery of Roanoke Island may be one for the books. Two archaeological teams have dug up new evidence pointing to the fate of English colonists who mysteriously vanished from the North Carolina island 425 years ago, National Geographic reports. One collection of items appears to support the long-held theory... More »

Archaeologists Resurrect Key Pocahontas Site

The church where she wed John Rolfe is coming back to life

(Newser) - A group of archaeologists in Jamestown, Virginia, is busy doing the opposite of what one would normally expect: building something new, rather than searching for what once was. Popular Archaeology reports that an effort is underway to rebuild a potion of the church where Pocahontas wed John Rolfe in 1614... More »

Girl's Skeleton Confirms Cannibalism at Jamestown

Scientists say her remains bear evidence

(Newser) - Scientists say they have the first physical evidence of a grisly truth from Jamestown: Colonists in the brutal winter of 1609 resorted to cannibalism, reports USA Today . Anthropologists studying the partial remains of a teenage girl—including her skull, jaw, and leg bone—say they bear the unmistakable marks of... More »

Wife Compares GOP Treatment of Akin to 'Rape'

Akin family should shut their mouths about rape, says 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - The man who rocketed to infamy discussing " legitimate rape " on the campaign trail was treated badly by the GOP ... just like female American colonists who were raped by the Brits, says Akin's furious wife. The Republican Party dumped Rep. Todd Akin like a hot potato after his... More »

Discarded Oysters Show Colonists Suffered Drought

Finding bears out old Jamestown histories

(Newser) - Amazing what poking through the trash reveals, even if it's a few hundred years old. Scientists studying oysters discarded by the early settlers of Jamestown, Virginia, have concluded that the colonists suffered through a horrible drought, reports BBC . The oysters were high in salt, meaning the James River where they... More »

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