Clues Point to Amelia Earhart as Castaway: Slide Show

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A small, broken cosmetic glass jar, fragments of rouge from a woman's compact, buttons, parts of a pocket knife that was beaten apart to detach the blades, a cloth that appears to have been shaped as a bow — are these objects evidence of Amelia Earhart’s struggle to survive as a castaway on a remote and uninhabited South Pacific Island?

And what about 11 fire features filled with fish, bird and turtle bones? Do these campsites hold the remains of Amelia's last meals?

In this audio slide show, Ric Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, tells Discovery News what he found on his June expedition to the island of Nikumaroro.

It is here that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, are believed to have landed when running out of fuel on July 2, 1937. And it is here that they may have survived for days, perhaps even months, as castaways.

 

Credits: Top photo: Getty, Audio Slide Show by Rossella Lorenzi. Pictures courtesy of TIGHAR.

Click here for more background and updates on TIGHAR's expedition to Nikumaroro.

 

 

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