"It shows us a dark side of medieval beliefs and provides a graphic reminder of how different the medieval view of the world was from our own." Mays' team studied 137 desecrated bones representing the remains of at least 10 individuals: seven adults (five males and two women), plus three young children.The skeletons date to between the 11th and 14th centuries – most likely representing multiple burial events – and were originally discovered during an excavation in 1963, but have not been examined closely until now.
However, the genetic origins of the disease are not well understood."Strontium isotopes in teeth reflect the geology on which an individual was living as their teeth formed in childhood," says one of the team, archaeologist Alistair Pike from the University of Southampton in the UK. The auburn midwife tried to escape through the forest but has been captured.Apart from the numbers and dates, the other abbreviations in the margin are If you check these years (for example with the Church Calendar applet) you will find only one (March 17) is wrong. Researchers have investigated the strain of leprosy found in a leprosy hospital cemetery in Winchester, UK.Scientists surmised that the individual was a religious pilgrim of means, likely of mostly non-UK heritage.
In addition to the single skeleton analysed in great detail, the research team found 86% of all remains sampled at the burial site to show skeletal lesions indicative of leprosy.
Genotyping of the strain sampled from the excavated skeleton placed it in the 2F lineage, a strain usually associated today with cases from South-Central and Western Asia. leprae strains examined at the Winchester leprosy cemetery were also of type 2F, the strain sampled from the skeleton presented in the paper was found to be genetically distinct from these isolates.
Broken, mutilated, and burnt bones in an English burial pit dating back to medieval times reveal how superstitious villagers sought to prevent corpses rising from the dead, according to a new study.
I will reproduce it as exactly as I can, including abbreviations. The , the golden number, so called because it is the key to figuring out the date of Easter.
Note, however, that this lunar cycle, while it has the same practical effect as the golden number, is not exactly the same.
They provide a remarkable insight into the pressures at work in medieval politics, economics and society between the tenth and fourteenth centuries in England.