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Crossrail project unearths Black Death burials

Excavations for London’s Crossrail project have uncovered bodies dating back to the time of the Black Death.

Thirteen bodies have been found so far in the 5.5m-wide shaft at the edge of Charterhouse Square, alongside pottery dated to the mid-14th Century.

Analysis will shed light on the plague and the Londoners of the day.

DNA taken from the skeletons may also help chart the development and spread of the bacterium that caused the plague that became known as the Black Death.

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Story: Jason Palmer, BBC News | Photo: Cross Rail

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