Thursday, April 2, 2015

Very large UK medieval cemetery found

One of the largest medieval graveyards ever found has been located under the Old Divinity School (built in 1877) at Cambridge U. More than 400 complete skeletons have been found with multiple other body parts from an estimate 1,000 skeletal remains. The remains date from the 13th to 15th centuries. Researchers believe they were buried from the St. John the Evangelist Hospital. Ideas that they were from a plague or the Black Death are not supported by research done so far on the skeletons. Most f the dead were very poor as evidenced by the fact that they were buried without any jewelry or grave goods, even without shrouds much less a coffin. Even though it was a cemetery for the poor or paupers, there is evidence that flowers were present, not unlike current cemetery practices. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-32131379

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