Mini Blog: Reenacting Out?

Thursday, May 02, 2013 by Kevin W. Reszel

I would imagine Jamestown Settlement staff charged with reenacting life in the 1600's may be firing up their resumes after reading the NBC News story "CSI Jamestown: Anthropologists lay out evidence of colonial cannibalism." 

Think about the possibilities.  One day you're making brooms in a quaint village from the 17th century and the next minute, you're quite possibly making brooms in a quaint village from the 17th century AND reenacting ... colonial cannibalism.  


  • The potential new job description tweak might be a bit above the pay-grade for some of the 'less seasoned' reenactors (sorry for the pun, couldn't help myself).
  • Cancellation of the 'all you can eat' lunch buffet in the employee cafe. 
  • General buzz kill in and around ye old water cooler. 



  • Possible raise due to the increased workload!
  • Addition of new culinary skill set on resume and Linkedin profile.
  • Longer meal breaks due to reduced crowds at your particular exhibit during the lunch and dinner hours.


While downside(s) vs. upside(s) appear to be a wash, it's clear that with this kind of news, some colonial reenactors could find themselves 'reenacting out'.

Source:  NBC News