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Leprosy Victim Buried 900 Years Ago Offers Insights Into How The Disease Spread Through Medieval Europe

Posted by Jean-Yves on Apr 18, 2017

Radiocarbon dating indicated that the remains were buried during the late 11th- early 12th century. Scientists surmised that the individual was a religious pilgrim of means, likely of mostly non-UK heritage. In addition to the single skeleton analysed in great detail, the research team found 86% of all remains sampled at the burial site to show skeletal lesions indicative of leprosy.

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