Archaeologists say 12 skeletons found beneath a building site in London could provide evidence of a Black Death burial ground.
The remains were found by teams working on Crossrail - a £15bn project to improve transport links in the capital, including at Farringdon where the bones were found.
Historical records indicate a hastily-built cemetery opened in the area in 1348 as the plague spread across the country.
Up to 50,000 people are thought to have been buried there in less than three years.
Jay Carver, lead Crossrail archaeologist, said: “This is a highly significant discovery and at the moment we are left with many questions that we hope to answer.
“We will be undertaking scientific tests on the skeletons over the coming months to establish their cause of death, whether they were plague victims from the 14th century or later London residents, how old they were and perhaps evidence of who they were. Read more.
Searchers hope to locate burial ground of Kansans killed in the Indian wars.
Having peered at the Platte River and scuffed though the Wyoming sage, the elderly gentlemen declared that it was the spot.
Below in the sand once churned by painted war ponies was the lost mass grave of their comrades who’d survived the Civil War, only to be slaughtered in the Indian wars.
It was 1927, and John Crumb and John Buchanan had taken leave of Leavenworth’s old soldiers’ home to return to where fellow troopers of the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry had been laid, naked and scalped, in that trench 62 years earlier.
But did anybody think to stack a few rocks as a marker this time? Apparently not.
Now, after 85 more years of flagless Memorial Days, others are at it again, trying to locate and save the old burial ground. Read more.
Members of the Musqueam First Nation marched through southwest Vancouver streets Thursday morning to demand protection of an ancient village and burial site.
The band and their supporters say a condo development is threatening an aboriginal village and burial ground considered one of the most important archeological sites in Canada.
Work is underway at the site of the 3,000-year-old Marpole Midden, on the 1300-block of S.W. Marine Drive, to build a five-storey commercial and residential complex along the banks of the Fraser River.
But the Musqueam band says human remains have already been unearthed and urgent action is needed to protect the site.
Band members have reportedly offered up a different piece of land in exchange for protecting this piece in dispute, but the province won’t sign off on the deal. Read more.
Protesters from the Musqueam Indian Band stopped construction workers from starting excavation of land they say is home to their ancient burial ground.
Workers and property owner Gary Hackett were turned away when they showed up at 1338 Southwest Marine Dr. at 7:30 a.m. Monday. The land between the Metro Theatre and The Motel nightclub is being developed for a large condominium project.
While high winds blew out the power to stores and traffic lights in south Vancouver, about 40 protesters held up signs and beat drums, while many drivers honked their horns in support. Musqueam spokesperson Aaron Wilson said the protest was necessary after talks with the developer broke down. Protesters vowed to stay until the development plan by Magnum Projects for “HQ concrete homes” is stopped.
To help find a solution to the dispute, the B.C. government has scheduled meetings this week with the band, the city and the developer. Read more.
ScienceDaily (Mar. 8, 2012) — Archaeologists from the University of Bristol have unearthed a unique slave burial ground on the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena. The excavation, which took place in advance of construction of a new airport on the island, has revealed dramatic insights into the victims of the Atlantic slave trade during the notorious Middle Passage.
The tiny island of St Helena, 1,000 miles off the coast of south-west Africa, acted as the landing place for many of the slaves, captured by the Royal Navy during the suppression of the slave trade between 1840 and 1872. During this period a total of around 26,000 freed slaves were brought to the island, most of whom were landed at a depot in Rupert’s Bay. The appalling conditions aboard the slave ships meant that many did not survive their journey, whilst Rupert’s Valley — arid, shadeless, and always windy — was poorly suited to act as a hospital and refugee camp for such large numbers. At least 5,000 people are likely to have been buried there. Read more.
Danville, VA — The Danville Industrial Development Authority found a burial site when they purchased a plot of land.
The 158 acre lot behind Goodyear has been around for a very long time. The archaeologist leading the investigation says they can potentially determine the height, diet, and history of those buried. Now, they’re trying to figure out just who they were.
At first glance, it looks like an ordinary wooded landscape. But below the surface is a window to the past.
“Our archeologist that we hired, Lyle Browning from Richmond, found a stained area which he proclaimed to be a burial remain area,” said Jeremy Stratton, director of the Office of Economic Development.
“The working assumption is that they may be African-American slaves and descendants. But we have absolutely no idea yet,” said Lyle Browning, president of Browning and Associates.
The IDA purchased the former Coleman Property, hoping to turn it into an Industrial Park.
But before they could break ground, they had to investigate it. Read more.
Bones found along the waterline at Lake Wimico several weeks ago have been identified as coming from a documented Native American burial ground.
Researchers from the state Bureau of Archaeological Research traveled to the site at the end of last week, said Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent.
The researchers indicated the site near where the bones and other artifacts were found by a family on a weekend camping trip originated from a documented Native American burial site, as had been suggested by local amateur archaeologist Herman Jones.
Due to the site already being documented, no excavation of the site was conducted, only a surface search, Nugent said.
More skeletal remains were recovered and are also believed to be Native American in origin. If the remains are identified as Native American they will be turned over to the appropriate Native American authorities. (source)
A Warwickshire man has described the moment builders found human bones under his patio.
Stephen and Nicky West were having their home redeveloped when one of the builders unearthed the remains.
Mr West said: “There was a tap on the door and the builder said ‘Stephen, I think there’s something you need to see’.
“He had a skull in his hand and I thought ‘oh my goodness’.”
The couple have lived at their house in Ratley, a village in south Warwickshire, for nearly seven years.
The village is near to Edgehill - site of the the battle of Edgehill, where the King’s army clashed with Parliamentarians in 1642 at the start of the English Civil War. Read more.