Archaeologists, who say the find sheds new light on medieval England and its inhabitants, later found 12 more skeletons taking the total to 25. They
will further excavate the site in July to see if more bodies are buried nearby.
Last year, they said the remains probably belonged to victims of the plague, which killed about a third of England’s population following its
outbreak in 1348. Limited records suggest up to 50,000 victims were buried in the cemetery in London’s Farringdon district, one of two emergency
On Sunday, they said DNA testing of some of the skeletons’ teeth had uncovered traces of the Yersinia pestis bacterium, which was responsible for the
Black Death plague, confirming that theory.
“Analysis of the Crossrail find has revealed an extraordinary amount of information allowing us to solve a 660 year mystery,” said Jay Carver,
Crossrail’s lead archaeologist