Bodies unearthed at medieval mental hospital site

Published on April 7th, 2011 | by Admin


A mass burial in London has been found at the former site of a medieval mental hospital.

Here they’ve found a burial site close to the St Bethlehem hospital – which was the world’s first and oldest institution to specialise in mental illnesses. I’m told it’s where the word “bedlam” originates.

On the map here it’s called “Bethlehem Church Yard”

There could be hundreds, if not thousands, of skeletons under the road. Slowly with trowels, the archaeologists are uncovering them.

We clearly saw three skeletons twisted and distorted after hundreds of years underground.

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Story: Tom Edwards, BBC News | Photo: Crossrail

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