Medieval plague victims unearthed in City of London square
Gwyn TophamSeven centuries after their demise, the skeletons of 12 plague victims have been unearthed in the City of London, a find which archaeologists believe to be just the tip of a long-lost Black Death mass burial ground.
Arranged in careful rows, the bodies were discovered 2.5 metres below the ground in Charterhouse Square in works for a Crossrail tunnel shaft beside the future ticketing hall for Farringdon station.
Tests are needed to confirm the skeletons' provenance, but the discovery should shed more light on life and death in 14th-century Britain and help scientists to understand how the plague mutated.
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"Medieval plague victims unearthed in City of London square", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2013. Consulté le 05/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/medieval-plague-victims-unearthed-in-city-of-london-square