Justinian Plague victims found in Italy

1500 years ago, the Justinian Plague swept through the world killing as many as 100 million people. Recently the remains of hundreds of people, believed to have been victims of the plague, were discovered in Castro dei Volsci, Italy.

The remains are the first believed to have been from the pandemic which began during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in the early 540s. Scholars contend that the virus was carried by rats and parasites.