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December 06, 2016
Archaeologists find 14th century Black Death 'plague pit' in England
North Lincolnshire, England (UPI) Dec 1, 2016
Archaeologists have discovered a rare "plague pit" in Lincolnshire. The mass grave contains 48 skeletons, just a few dozen of the thousands of Europeans claimed by the outbreak of Black Death during the 14th century. The pit was found near the site of an ancient monastery hospital at Thornton Abbey. "The only two previously identified 14th-century sites where Yersinia pestis - the bacterium responsible for the plague - has been identified are historically documented cemeteries in London, wher ... read more

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