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Black death skeletons: Crossrail discovery will give new insights

New black death skeletons discovered under Charterhouse.
New black death skeletons discovered under Charterhouse.
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Black death skeletons have been discovered in London. These skeletons were discovered during a construction project in the city, and it is believed that even more skeletons will be found in the area. A project is already scheduled for July to search for more skeletons. On March 31, Heritage Daily reported on this new find.

What was found? Eighteen full skeletons and seven partial skeletons were found in the area, and some of the skeletons did contain the bacteria behind the black death epidemic that hit the area back in the 1300s on their teeth. Some of the skeletons were from a later plague outbreak in the 1400s.

This discovery was made as work on the Crossrail project in London was happening. An excavation in the area discovered the 'emergency cemetery' underneath Charterhouse Square. It is believed that thousands more bodies could be found with further digging. Jay Carver, the lead archeologist on the project, said the following about the discovery:

Analysis of the Crossrail find has revealed an extraordinary amount of information allowing us to solve a 660 year mystery. This discovery is a hugely important step forward in documenting and understanding Europe’s most devastating pandemic. Historical sources told us that thousands of burials of Black Death victims were made in the 14th Century in the area that is now modern day Farringdon, but until Crossrail’s discovery, archaeologists had been unable to confirm the story.

DNA work is still being done, and the research that will come out of this discovery could give researchers more insight into the disease and the people that lived during that time. Four skeletons have already proven informative. According to The Independent, the skeletons belonged to people of Scottish heritage, and that reveals that people traveled to London just like they do now.

What do you think of this historical find in London?

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