The Scientific Investigation of Miss Jane McCrea

October 24th, 2003 by Adam

David Starbuck, assistant professor of social science, will discuss “The Scientific Investigation of Miss Jane McCrea” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, in the Hartman Union Student Senate Room (119).

On April 9, 2003, Dr. Starbuck and a team of forensic experts exhumed what are believed to have been the remains of Jane McCrea from Union Cemetery in Fort Edward, New York. Jane McCrea was the most famous woman murdered and scalped by Indians during the American Revolution (on July 27, 1777), and her death was instantly used as propaganda by colonial leaders, prompting thousands of
Americans to sign up to fight against the British at the Battle of Saratoga.

Starbuck received permission from the oldest leading relative of Jane McCrea to exhume Jane’s remains from Union Cemetery. His team’s discoveries on April 9 are the subject of this lecture, which will
include an edited 15-minute video presentation of the actual work at the graveside.”

There is no charge for admission to the program which is the final presentation in the University’s celebration of National Archaeology Month. For information contact David Starbuck at 535-3076 or via e-mail to