Under an unassuming village church in Rothwell, England lies a 700-year-old crypt containing hundreds of skeletons, only one of two still remaining in the country. Why were they there? Experts from the University of Sheffield's Department of Archaeology think they know. (photos)
The locals long believed that the remains in the crypt of Holy Trinity Church in Northamptonshire belonged to plague victims or those lost in the nearby battle of Naseby, but the Sheffield team has found that the crypt was probably "a medieval monument for pilgrims and villagers who prayed among the bones of their ancestors."