Medieval Graveyards Unearth London’s Violent Past

Posted by Jean-Yves on Aug 31, 2017

The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes once described life as “nasty, brutish and short,” and as Joshua Rapp Learn reports for New Scientist, a recent analysis of medieval skeletons found in London graveyards doesn’t exactly refute his point.

Looking at nearly 400 skulls dating from 1050 to 1550 C.E. found in six cemeteries, archaeologist Kathryn Krakowka found that nearly 7 percent of them showed signs of violent trauma, reports Learn. Krakowka’s research was published earlier this month in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

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