Crossrail Archaeology: Great Plague DNA identified

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Scientific analysis of skeletons excavated as part of the Crossrail programme has identified the DNA of the bacteria responsible for the 1665 Great Plague.

The discovery comes following a year-long study of skeletons found in a mass grave within the New Churchyard, the burial ground excavated by Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) during construction of the new Elizabeth line station at Liverpool Street in 2015.

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In the future, my poor bones will be found years after CoronaVirus😜

Author — Ivan Paul Production


I worked a few hundred yards away from this site in the early eighties. I took a job as a warehouseman - solitary work in the cellar of a very old builders' merchants. It became clear that nobody had worked in the cellar for some time, and none of the "upstairs" staff were very keen to come down. They believed it was haunted, and there was a story that when an elevator shaft had been sunk into basement area the workmen had come across multiple skeletons as they excavated. Maybe the archaeologists ought to have a look up the road from where they're currently exploring! As for ghosts, I never met any down there - but there was a strange phenomenon that I discovered. Sadly, it all appears to be closed down now and heading for dereliction.

Author — herringfly


Extremely interesting. Thanks for posting.

Author — Sophie S


Its just creepy staring at those skeletons knowing that they were once like us normal humans walking around freaks me out lol

Author — XxFyrez GamerxX


that's a risky job - touching y. pestis or bones LOADED with still active y. pestis.

Author — Charles Paver


Fascinating. Has the book been published?

Author — baycast


People in England in the 1600’s had better teeth than modern English people 🤷🏻‍♂️

Author — Johnathan Stevens Jr.


Hart Island New York modern plague pit.

Author — France Clémence Fradet


Why isn't he wearing mask, etc ? How do they know if digging up the bodies won't stir up virus particles?

Author — pattianne pascual