Plague Graves Unearthed: Rail Dig May Shed Light On Black Death Bacteria

 Plague Graves Unearthed: Rail Dig May Shed Light On Black Death Bacteria.

On Friday, archeologists unearthed a graveyard during a rail project excavation in London that could hold the remain of 50,000 or more people who died almost 650 years ago from the “Black Death” Plague. According to Reuters, thirteen skeletons were laid out in two neat rows discovered 8 feet below the road in Farringdon area central London by researching working on the $24 billion Crossrail project. Historical records indicate that the area was a no man’s land where a cemetery was established for bubonic plague victims which killed a third of England’s population following the outbreak in 1348. Jay Carver, Crossrail’s lead archeologist, explains that “At this early stage, the depth of burials, the pottery found with the skeletons and the way the skeletons have been set out, all point towards this being part of the 14th century emergency burial ground.” As Reuters reports, limited records suggest that up to 50,000 victims were buried in less than three years in the cemetery as the plague ravaged the capital. The skeletons have already been taken away for testing as archeologists hope  they will shed light on the DNA signature of the plague and confirm the burial dates. The cemetery is the second significant medieval discovery, the first being last month with the discovery of the remains of King Richard III under a car park in Central England, in England recently.

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