Plague: Bedlam's Bones Speak

London’s Bedlam cemetery and the remains of 3,000 people are being relocated for a new train line. First, however, they will give up clues to centuries-old plague outbreaks.

The old burial ground became an overflow burial site during 4 bubonic plague outbreaks, including London’s "Great Plague" of 1665, which wiped out 1/5th of London's population.

Now, scientists hope that the remains will offer important clues about the spread of the plague—just as other researchers learned Black Death in the 14th century was likely spread by airborne transmission rather than flea bites.

Washington Post

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