DNA Analysis of London Skeletons Reveal Secrets of Medieval Black Death

london skeletonsAs per latest report by archaeologists, molars taken from 25 skeletons unearthed during work on Crossrail in 2013 are proving helpful in revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death. Archeologists suspected that the skeletons of bones belonged to cemetery for plague victims.

Don Walker, an osteologist with the Museum of London, cited that the bones found by construction workers under London’s Charterhouse Square belonged to an ancient man. On analyzing DNA sample of tooth remain from each of 12 skeletons, researchers found presence of the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis, in the teeth samples.

With the help of radiocarbon dating and analysis of pottery shards, researchers have been able to determine the time for the burials of fossils. Archeologists said studying of oxygen and strontium isotopes in the bones would help them analyze details of diet and health.

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