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1,400-year-old Pictish cemetery uncovered in Scotland

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Archaeologists have uncovered what is believed to be a 1,400-year-old Pictish cemetery in the Highlands. Excavation at the sight has confirm a number of barrows, or burial mounds and enclosures at the site near Muir of Ord in the Black Isle. If confirmed to date from the Pictish era, the barrows may be in the…

Leprosy in the Middle Ages – A Tale of Tragedy and Prejudice

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Leprosy has always been a subject of interest among scientists, since there is and was a lot of controversy surrounding it. According to traditional theories, during the Middle Ages, when the disease was blooming, people afflicted by it were treated as outcasts – shunned by every layer of society and forced to live in shadows…

Healthy ‘Vampires’ Emerge From Graves In Medieval Polish Cemetery

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Archaeologists excavating a Medieval cemetery site in Kałdus, Poland, recently discovered hundreds of graves — among them, they found 14 anti-vampire burials. Some of these people were decapitated, others buried face-down, and still more were weighted down with stones. One of the major theories about ancient “vampire” graves is that people buried in this way…

Columbus Didn’t Sail Syphilis Back to Europe

Dozens of skeletons unearthed in London may provide the first solid evidence that syphilis did not sail into Europe with Christopher Columbus and his crew, announced researchers working on one of the largest excavations of skeletons ever undertaken in Britain. Dug out at the medieval cemetery of St. Mary Spital in East London, the skeletal…