In the 14th century, Charterhouse Square in London was no-man's land, making it an excellent place to bury victims of the Black Plague. Now the site is the focus of archaeological investigations after being unearthed during construction of the city's Crossrail project. (video)
So far, the 5.5m-wide shaft has yielded two rows of thirteen skeletons dating to the 14th century and believed to be early victoms of the plague. The remains will be DNA tested to learn more about them and about the disease that may have killed them. Jay Carver, project archaeologist for Crossrail, said, "This is one of the most significant discoveries - quite small in extent but highly significant because of its data and what is represented in the shaft."