Among the many history and archeology news that arrive from all corners of the world every week, surely no one would have thought that a supermarket could star in a story like the one you are going to read below.
A few days ago, one of the Monoprix supermarkets in Paris (France) was carrying out works to renovate its facilities and at a certain point, the operators found something that they were not expecting, a mass grave with more than 200 human remains.
After paralyzing the works and giving the warning, a team of archaeologists traveled to the stage to study the find. Experts have performed different DNA tests on many of the bodies in order to determine the exact time to which these skeletons belonged. What is known is that until the seventeenth century the location where the supermarket is located had been a cemetery.
The first results will have to wait but different theories about bodies have already appeared and it is said that the 200 people in this place could lose their lives in one of the many epidemics that hit the French capital during some time in history, about the seventeenth century.
The main archaeologist of the research team, Isabelle Abadie, has highlighted to the media that this theory has emerged after having seen how the bodies have been deposited inside this mass grave.
Abadie wanted to emphasize that: «One thing that is truly surprising is that the bodies were not thrown into the graves as is often the case in many kinds of mass graves, in this case all the bodies have been ordered one by one. Men, women and children were placed from head to toe in order to put a greater number of bodies in this grave.«.
The bodies are arranged in different groupings that come to cover an area of approximately 100 square meters. The groups of corpses are made up of between five and twenty individuals, despite the fact that the largest group is made up of 150 bodies.
It must be said that researchers have also found different ceramic pieces and some articles from that time, although they are not sure that they are as old as they are attributed, so more tests will still need to be done to determine exactly what their origin is.
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