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A very rare «Common pit»Containing 48 victims of Black Death It has been found in a 14th-century monastery in north-eastern England, reported archaeologists from the University of Sheffield who worked at the site.
This grim discovery made in the Thornton Abbey, includes skeletons of 27 children, the rest belonging to men and women.
The bones were dated through Carbon-14 around the year 1300, when the Black Death shook the European continent that lost up to 60% of the population, being considered one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.
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DNA testing revealed the presence of the enterobacterium Yersinia pestis, responsible for this disease, which had previously been identified in two fourteenth-century cemeteries in London, which had been created to bury large numbers of deaths from this disease.
"TO Although it is estimated that up to half of England's population perished during the Black Death, multiple graves associated with this event are extremely rare in the country.'Explained Hugh Willmott of the University of Sheffield.
The archaeologists explained that the magnitude of the find suggests that the community was overwhelmed by the disease and that "they tried to dispose of their loved ones in the most normal way possible«.
«The finding of a hitherto unknown and totally unexpected mass burial dating from this period in a quiet part of rural Lincolnshire is so far unique and sheds light on the real difficulties a small community ill prepared to do in the face of such a devastating threatWillmott added.
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