Plague victims found underneath Uffici Museum

Published on March 4th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

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Construction work at the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy, has uncovered 60 skeletons which date back to the 5th or 6th centuries A.D.

A centuries-old burial pit packed with the bodies of probable plague victims has been discovered by chance near the Uffizi Galleries in Florence.

Workers who were digging the foundations for a new lift for an annex to the world-famous art galleries stumbled on the ancient cemetery, which contains at least 60 skeletons and dates to the fourth or fifth century AD.

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Story: Nick Squires, The Telegraph | Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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One Response to Plague victims found underneath Uffici Museum

  1. Brittany Phili says:

    It is an unfortunate circumstance that one third of a population died of this diseases. Even now the world still continuously has have people dying of “plagues.” This should be an example of how peoples and nations should fight to prevent such epidemics from happening again.

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