Ancient mass grave unearthed at Italian gallery thought to contain dozens of plague victims

Medieval mass grave unearthed at Uffizi Gallery in Italy. It’s thought to contain 60 plague victims

National Post | News

Work to expand the Uffizi Gallery’s exhibit space has unearthed an ancient cemetery with dozens of skeletons archaeologists say might have been victims of the plague or some other epidemic that swept through Florence during the 4th or 5th century.

Archaeologists and art officials showed reporters Wednesday the excavation at the renowned museum. In five months of digging, archaeologists uncovered 60 well-preserved skeletons in a cemetery apparently made in a hurry, perhaps a mass grave, with bodies laid side-by-side at roughly the same time.

[related_links /]

Lack of signs of wounds or malnutrition also could point to death by disease. Archaeologist Andrea Pessina says DNA testing will aim to find evidence of what “certainly was an extremely lethal epidemic,” possibly the plague.

Work to build an elevator revealed the burial site.

EPA / MAURIZIO DEGL'INNOCENTI EPA / MAURIZIO DEGL’INNOCENTI

EPA/MAURIZIO DEGL'INNOCENTI EPA/MAURIZIO DEGL’INNOCENTI

EPA/MAURIZIO DEGL'INNOCENTI EPA/MAURIZIO DEGL’INNOCENTI

View original post



Categories: Archaeology, News

Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: