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Black Death plague victim

Skeleton of a Black Death plague victim uncovered during construction of the Charterhouse Square grout shaft
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Skeleton of a Black Death/plague victim uncovered during construction of the Charterhouse Square grout shaft

Sex: Probable male

Age: 26-35

Date: This skeleton came from the mid-14th-century phase of burials.

Health: He tested positive for Yersinia pestis, which was probably the cause of death. In addition there were indicators that he had suffered periods of stress in his life: residual rickets, usually a sign of a lack of vitamin D or calcium during childhood, and porotic hyperostosis, which may indicate stress. He also had some dental caries (cavities) and periodontal (gum) disease.

Crossrail Lead Archaeologist Jay Carver examines a Black Death victim in Charterhouse_132088
Osteologist Don Walker lays out a Black Death victim in Charterhouse _132066
Skeleton of a Black Death plague victim uncovered during construction of the Charterhouse Square grout shaft_132078
Skeleton of a Black Death plague victim uncovered during construction of the Charterhouse Square grout shaft_132108
Skeleton of a Black Death plague victim uncovered during construction of the Charterhouse Square grout shaft_132128
Skeleton of a Black Death plague victim uncovered during construction of the Charterhouse Square grout shaft_132130