Plague Graves Unearthed: Rail Dig May Shed Light On Black Death Bacteria

In this undated but recent photo supplied Friday March 15, 2015, by the London Crossrail Project, showing archaeologists working on the UK’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail, as they uncover an historical burial ground at Charterhouse Square, Farringdon in central London. (AP Photo / Crossrail Project)

In this undated but recent photo supplied Friday March 15, 2015, by the London Crossrail Project, showing archaeologists working on the UK’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail, as they uncover an historical burial ground at Charterhouse Square, Farringdon in central London. (AP Photo / Crossrail Project)

LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) – Archaeologists said on Friday they had found a graveyard during excavations for a rail project in London which might hold the remains of some 50,000 people killed by the “Black Death” plague more than 650 years ago.

Thirteen skeletons laid out in two neat rows were discovered 2.5 metres (8 feet) below the road in the Farringdon area of central London by researchers working on the 16 billion pound ($24 billion) Crossrail project.

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