Archaeologists Think They Found the Original Pilgrim Settlement

Archaeologists have pinpointed what they think is the exact spot where the Pilgrims lived in the years after landing in the New World. Every American schoolchild knows the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth in 1620, but exactly where has been elusive. Plymouth Rock, after all, is only an educated guess of where the Pilgrims stepped ashore. The archaeologists have now discovered calf’s bones, musket balls, ceramics and brownish soil where a wooden post once stood. The calf’s bones are significant, as the Pilgrims raised cattle while the local Indians did not.

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There may have been cattle in Plymouth but they didn’t arrive until later than 1620 and if they had calves born, I think they would be more likely to have raised them instead of eating them..
They would have wanted the milk, cheese and butter. They brought more across but I would think their am would be to build a herd and cows take up a lot of room and the space in the ships could be used for other things.
I am tired of all the inuendoes that they were a bunch of people who didn’t know anything. Yes, the Indians taught them how to plant in an environment they had never experienced before. The climate in New England is very different from the climate in England. I dare say they knew how to plant and care for gardens but they may have used other methods that could have not been adaptable here. They were expecting to go to VIrginia – the Virginia of our days but the Virginia of theirs extended up to the present day New York area. They didn’t have clothing that was needed for the New England climate., The “plan” that they expected just wasn’t to be had.


Barbara is right about the cattle, but even if they were brought on latter voyages the colonists were probably eating calves pretty early. Calves are born both male and female. Only the females are kept for breeding purposes with maybe one of 20 males. The rest were food or in some cases used as draft animals.The “fated” calf would have been slaughtered for special occasions. Ernie


Where does it say the calf was slaughtered for food?


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