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Thirty Years War mass grave excavated in Germany

47 skeletons of soldiers killed during the Battle of Lützen in 1632 have been analyzed during excavation of a mass grave in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. According to their results, published in the journal PLOS ONE on May 22, most of the men were already in rough shape when they headed into their

Plague pit unearthed in England

A 14th-century Black Death plague pit containing the remains of 48 people has been found in eastern England. A plague pit containing the skeletons of 48 Black Death victims, including 21 children, has been discovered at the site of a 14th century monastery hospital. The macabre find in Thornton Abbey, near Immingham

Ancient mass graves found near Athens

Two mass graves containing the remains of more than 80 men have been found at a construction site near Athens, Greece. Two small vases discovered amongst the skeletons have allowed archaeologists to date the graves from between 675 and 650 BC, “a period of great political turmoil in the region”, the

English Civil War mass grave found

Construction work in Durham, England, has led to the discovery of a mass grave containing between 17-28 Scottish soldiers who were taken prisoner after the Battle of Dunbar in 1650. The Battle of Dunbar was one of the most brutal, bloody and short battles of the 17th Century civil wars. In

Mass grave found at Nazi concentration camp

A mass grave has been detected at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany. The mass grave measures 16m by 4m (52ft by 13ft), and is believed to be the final resting place of Dutch Resistance activist Jan Verschure. It was found using testimonies from ex-inmates of the camp, who were interviewed by

Mass graves of plague victims found in Paris

The remains of more than 200 people have been uncovered by construction in Paris. The site was formerly the cemetery of a hospital that functioned from the 12th to the 17th century but it was believed the corpses had been moved in the 18th century to the Paris Catacombs which house

Mass grave unearthed in Bolivia

A mass grave containing the remains of hundreds of people, likely indigenous miners, who dies during the Spanish colonial era. "We are talking about a common grave found at about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet), and the human remains are scattered over an area of four by four meters," said Sergio Fidel,

Medieval mass grave uncovered in Florence

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