3-D exploration: 400-year-old graves unearthed in Jamestown
Jamestown archaeologists have found the graves of four of the historic colony’s leading settlers, who were buried 400 years ago inside the settlement’s church. One was an Anglican minister. Another had probably died during the famine of 1609-10, a time when settlers turned to cannibalism. A third had been killed in a skirmish with Indians. The fourth had been buried in a fancy coffin. The archaeologist also found a sealed Catholic reliquary, containing what appear to be seven human bone fragments, in one of the graves. Jamestown excavation unearths four bodies — and a mystery in a small box
Here is a view of the newly-discovered graves after they had been opened, but before the remains had been removed for study.
The grave of Capt. Gabriel Archer, who died during "the starving time" in Jamestown. Archer’s grave included a small, sealed religious reliquary that contained what seem to be human bone fragments.
The sealed Catholic reliquary was made of silver, and had an "M" etched in the lid. Experts do not know what it stands for. The contents of the reliquary have been seen via high tech scans.