18th Century Cemetery Uncovered in the French City of Marseille

Posted by admin on May 5, 2014

An eighteenth century cemetery consisting of some 800 graves has been uncovered by Metro works in the French city of Marseille. Located in the northern suburbs, the cemetery of Petites-Crottes, as it was called at the time, was used between 1784 and 1905 before becoming a dumping ground for industrial waste in 1930.

“We knew from historical archives that there was a cemetery in the area but we did not know where,” said Anne Richier, an archaeologist from Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives (Inrap) which is in charge of the excavations.

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