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17 March 2013 @ 03:42 pm
another bone post  
I saw this on a TV news crawl a few days ago, but forgot to look into it until now:

"Black Death pit" unearthed by Crossrail project
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21784141

I'm not sure quite why, but the suggestion that these skeletons, due to their neat placement, are from the early days of the Black Death is making me very sad... (I mean, even sadder than the presence of Black Death skeletons would normally make me.)
 
 
 
cschellscschells on March 18th, 2013 04:36 am (UTC)
Gosh, I was thinking about that story today, too... About what a crappy straw so many people have drawn over the ages... The plague period was a real low point, no matter how you slice it!
tempestsarekind: it is margaret you mourn fortempestsarekind on March 18th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
Indeed! I just keep thinking about the fact that they didn't know what was coming, you know?
cschellscschells on March 18th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
"I'm sure it'll get better any day now..." It must have really felt like end times--hard enough keeping a global perspective even with today's technology! (We'd be out of luck if the plague went through here, as far as burials go--the ground that isn't actually covered in cement is as hard as cement!)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on March 18th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yes - they wouldn't have known what was happening, in the sense of understanding disease and how it spreads. I don't know how much that would have helped - maybe believing it was the end of the world might have been better than worrying about what would be left behind if it *wasn't* the end of the world- but it would have been incredibly different, not to have that knowledge.
cschellscschells on March 18th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
And to not have any way of knowing that there were places where life was going on and people weren't dropping dead left and right... (Gosh, cheery this morning! I'm actually baking cookies for my brother's birthday, if you can believe it...)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on March 18th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Everything's better with cookies! :)
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