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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…

London Construction Reveals Medieval Graves

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London is built on layers of its own past. Occasionally they poke through to the present, like the old Roman walls and the Temple of Mithras. Now two current construction projects have revealed glimpses of the city’s previous epochs. Work to build a leisure center at Elephant and Castle has uncovered some 500 medieval skeletons,…

Medieval remains could lie under planned Shrewsbury college site

A report by Shropshire Council’s Archaeology Service is recommending that a field evaluation is carried out to determine exactly what is below a piece of land at the college in Priory Road. The area earmarked for the building is thought to have once been part of a cemetery for the Augustinian Friary, known as the…

Hole in the head: How medieval soldiers survived after battle thanks to early day brain surgery

A massive haul of bones discovered in a medieval graveyard has given an insight into the medical capabilities of people 1,500 years ago. The skeletons, found in central Italy, show that many soldiers buried close to one another survived after suffering blows to the head with maces and battle axes. There are signs of medical…

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…

Archaeologists surprised by medieval skeletons found at Chickerell site

Medieval skeletons have been uncovered during the first stage of £200,000 building work to revamp a church in Chickerell. Archaeologists were called in when the remains of two children, thought to be from as early as the 13th century, were found close to the main building of St Mary the Virgin Parish Church. Builders had…

Secrets of the Stirling Castle skeletons – Meet the experts behind fascinating medieval discoveries

The secrets of medieval skeletons discovered at Stirling Castle will be revealed during an evening with forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black and archaeologist Gordon Ewart. The skeletons were part of a group discovered by Mr Ewart and his team when they were excavating a lost royal chapel at the castle. Two of them – a…