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Re: Donner Party Cannabalism Challenged

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avatar Donner Party Cannabalism Challenged
April 16, 2010 07:31AM
(interesting, although there were at least two separate campsites in the Donner Lake area-- near Donner Lake and one about 6 miles away near Alder Creek which seems to be the source for this study. I think the Donner family always claimed that they did not resort to eating human flesh.)

http://www.news.appstate.edu/2010/04/15/cannibalism-donner/

Appalachian professor’s research finds no evidence of cannibalism at Donner Party campsite

BOONE – Research conducted by Dr. Gwen Robbins, an assistant professor of biological anthropology at Appalachian State University, finds there is no evidence of cannibalism among the 84 members of the Donner Party who were trapped by a snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the mid-1840s.

Remains from the Donner party’s Alder Creek campsite were excavated by a team of archaeologists from the University of Montana and the University of Oregon Museum. A sample of bones from the campsite hearth was analyzed by Robbins and Kelsey Gray, an Appalachian graduate. They will present the results of this project this week at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Albuquerque, N.M.............



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avatar Re: Donner Party Cannabalism Challenged
April 16, 2010 08:25PM
Interesting since the cannabalism was well-documented in diaries
avatar Re: Donner Party Cannabalism Challenged
April 17, 2010 12:02PM
yeah, i just recently saw a documentary where one man (from the Donner Party) openly admitted he ate human flesh.
avatar Re: Donner Party Cannabalism Challenged
April 17, 2010 12:32PM
The Donner family was located at the Alder Creek site I believe. So technically the "Donner (family) Party" may not have engaged in cannibalism. However, certainly historically the entire collection of travelers at Alder Creek and Donner Lake was considered the" Donner Party".



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/17/2010 06:16PM by Frank Furter.
avatar Re: Donner Party Cannabalism Challenged
April 22, 2010 06:31AM
Possibly a retraction although the report is cryptic and from the New York Post:

'Cannibal' doc eats her words

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/cannibal_doc_eats_her_words_fMVybDtpUqhD8U8ZRKHdiJ



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