Black Death skeletons yield secrets

May 08, 2014, 5:50 AM EDT
In the mid 1980s the Royal Mint moved from London to Wales. When the site was cleared, a remarkable cache of Black Death artefacts was discovered.
Museum of London Archaeology

The medieval Black Death led to better health for future generations, according to an analysis of skeletons in London cemeteries. Tens of millions of people died in the epidemic, but their descendants lived longer and had better health than ever before, a study shows. The Black Death was one of the most devastating epidemics in human history. But survivors benefited from rising standards of living and better diets in the aftermath of the disaster.
Background:
Black Death skeletons give up secrets of life and death [BBC]
The medieval Black Death made you healthier — if you survived [Time]

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