Construction workers uncover mass grave at the Uffizi

Construction workers at the site of a new elevator for Florence, Italy's famous Uffizi gallery were surprised to find not the usual Roman artifacts, but a mass grave that might contain over a thousand bodies.

Stacked "head to toe in mass graves, presumably to make space for as many bodies as possible in a giant crypt," the 5th century remains are most likely from an epidemic of disease since they did not appear to have died violent deaths. “It was a catastrophe that we now know certainly contributed to a well-known long period of decline in the city when it nearly disappeared from history, and perhaps now this discovery alone will be enough to explain why,” said a statement from the Italian culture ministry.