400 Skeletons found under Cambridge

Medieval hospital cemetery found

Die haben unter dem St. Johns College der Universität Cambridge nicht weniger als 400 komplette Skelette gefunden und einen mittelalterlichen Friedhof für über 1000 Menschen. Ich hätte da 'ne prima Idee für ein Poltergeist-Sequel!

_82031369_bones2One of Britain’s largest medieval cemeteries containing the remains of more than 1,000 people has been unearthed under part of the University of Cambridge. The hospital cemetery, which catered largely for scholars who had fallen on hard times, was found during excavations beneath the Old Divinity School at St John’s College. About 1,300 burials and 400 complete skeletons were discovered there as part of the refurbishment of the Victorian building three years ago, but the details have only now been made public. Historians had been aware of the existence and the location of the cemetery since the 1950s, but the scale of the burial ground was unclear until now.

The bodies, which are mostly from the period between the 13th and 15th centuries, are burials from the Hospital of St John the Evangelist, which stood opposite the graveyard until 1511, and gave St John’s College its name. […] The team found six “cemetery generations” – defined as the time taken to fill all the available space before burying other bodies in the same locations.

Cambridge News: 400 complete human skeletons discovered beneath St John's College, Cambridge

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