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Medieval Europeans regularly reopened graves — and not to rob them

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Early Medieval graves in Europe were reopened as part of widespread burial traditions -- not only by grave robbers, as experts previously thought. Hundreds of graves dating from the fifth century to the seventh cent...

Plague wasn’t the only disease that afflicted medieval Britons. Cancer did, too

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The earliest description of cancer is from an ancient Egyptian papyrus, and going back further, even dinosaurs suffered a form of the disease. But cancer long has been thought to have become a common disease only in...

Medieval bones tell a stark tale of hard work and physical trauma

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London Social inequality was "recorded on the bones" of the medieval residents of Cambridge, England, a new study of hundreds of sets of human remains in the city has revealed. Researchers studied the remains of more...