Diseased victims from seige of York found in mass grave

Published on August 19th, 2010 | by Admin


The skeletons of men from Oliver Cromwell’s forces who succumbed to disease have been found in a mass grave in York.

Archaeologists uncovered the remains on the site of what, even during the Civil War, was a “lost” church – All Saints – just outside the city walls, where until recently the modern Barbican leisure centre stood.

There were ten mass graves, all varying in size.

The largest contained 18 skeletons, the smallest just four. In total there were 113 bodies.

The dead had all been stripped of clothing and belongings before they were buried – not even a button or buckle was found with them.

The vast majority were male – only six of the skeletons have been identified as female – and their ages ranged from teenagers to 50-year-olds.

The burials almost certainly date from 1644.

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