Wednesday, May 1, 2013 5:00 AM

Today at a Press Conference at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History researchers discussed physical evidence of "survival cannibalism" taking place during the winter of 1609-1610 in Jamestown, VA. 

This is the first such proof that has been found to demonstrate that cannibalism took place during this very difficult period in early American history. Medical Modeling was called upon to provide anatomical models of the skull fragments which formed the basis of a forensic facial reconstruction which will be on exhibit at both the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History as well as at Historic Jamestowne at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium in a new exhibit on the topic. The opaque white stereolithography models were also used extensively during the press conference and will be part of the display showing many of the injuries to the bone which pointed to cannibalism.

 A video about this subject from the Smithsonian is available on YouTube.

On May 3, 2013 the facial reconstruction will be on display in the National Museum of Natural History's popular "Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th Century Chesapeake" exhibition, alongside other materials and information about Smithsonian forensic science. The skeletal remains will be on display at Historic Jamestowne near the discovery site on Jamestown Island.