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Horse Burial Discovered at Jamestown

Friday, June 28, 2013

HorseJAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA—Archaeologists excavating at the site of the Jamestown colony have found the complete remains of a buried horse. Discovered just a few yards from the 1639 church tower, the horse probably died sometime after 1676, when the church was burned during a revolt. The team has found horse remains at the site before, but they were butchered bones, and probably date to the so-called “Starving Time” in the winter of 1609-1610, when horses were eaten. "This was from a more prosperous time,” says lead archaeologist Bill Kelso. "They didn't have to eat it."