British workers discover 13 black plague bodies buried beneath the streets of London

// March 18th, 2013 // News

Black Plague (Black Death) bodies discovered beneath the streets of London

Scientist examines body of Black Plague victimBritish builders working on the Crossrail project were surprised last week to discover 13 skeletons, lying in two orderly rows, buried about 8 feet underground, beneath one of the busiest parts of London .  Experts believe the skeletons have been lying beneath the feet of commuters for over 700 years and are thought to be victims of The Black Plague (aka The Black Death), the plague which killed over a quarter of the British population between 1348 and 1350.  The orderly arrangement of the remains , which were found in two neat rows inside a 20-foot-wide shaft at the edge of Charterhouse Square in Farringdon, suggests that they date from the earlier period of the plague, before it became a pandemic and before bodies were thrown randomly into mass graves.

The skeletonized bodies were discovered in an area of London where experts believe many more bodies were buried.  John Stow, the 16th century historian, wrote in his 1598 Survey of London that 50,000 bodies were buried in what was then “no man’s land”.

Photos courtesy The Independent

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One Response to “British workers discover 13 black plague bodies buried beneath the streets of London”

  1. bobdvb says:

    There is nothing unusual about this in London, happens regularly to building companies. My wife has told me of a few stories from her company. Also, get a map of London and find ‘Blackheath’ that is one giant grave, the ground is so contaminated that the heathland remains unbuilt in the heart of London.

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