Archaeologists working at Historic Jamestowne discovered a skull of a 14-year-old girl that shows evidence of cannibalism. The scientists are working in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution. (Courtesy of Historic Jamestowne)

Exactly who the hapless young colonist was is still unknown.

But continuing research has turned up several clues and pointed the way for further study of a person who is literally giving a new face to the colonists' struggle to plant a permanent settlement at Jamestown.

"We're calling her 'Jane,'" Horn said, during the Wednesday morning presentation at the Smithsonian.

"We wanted to give her a name."

Of some 60 women and children who arrived at the fort in 1609, most of the females were wives, daughters and maid servants, said Jamestown Rediscovery curator Beverly Straube.

But only a few left names and records that can be studied for evidence of a link to the skull.

Still, isotopic analysis of the bone at the Smithsonian has revealed not only that the victim was English but also that she likely came from the south coast. Owsley's team also found evidence of a high-protein diet, physically marking the young woman as someone of high social and economic status.

Using the mended skull and extensive computer modeling, the team has reconstructed the woman's face, too, conjuring up a vision from Jamestown's tragic past that has affected many of the scientists and historians there deeply.

Along with the skull and other material, it will go on view at Historic Jamestowne's Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium Friday morning.

"So many people who came to Jamestown just arrived and died — and you just don't hear anything more about them. But now we've brought Jane back," Straube says.

"When you see her face, it just takes your breath away. She's so young and beautiful. Some people have actually started to cry when they see her."

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