Medieval mass grave uncovered in Florence

Published on February 24th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

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800px-Collage_Firenze A mass grave containing 60 bodies dating back to the 6th-7th centuries A.D. has been uncovered in Florence, Italy.

The dig found 60 bodies laid out head-to-toe in a manner that could indicate hasty burial and need to optimize space in view of many more deaths, possibly because of a fatal epidemic.

''The remains have been unearthed over five months, and bear no evidence of trauma'', said Tuscany Archeology Superintendent Andrea Pessina. ''We will conduct DNA and carbon-14 tests to determine the cause and time of death, as well as information on diet, pathologies, and work-related stresses at the time''.

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