Mass Graves in the 1800s Revealed Terrible Pandemic Before Covid-19

The bodies are thought to be victims of an epidemic in the region.

A mass grave discovered by archaeologists while carrying out a city development project in Osaka, West Japan. It is estimated that around 1,500 people died as a result of the plague in the 19th century. Osaka City Cultural Properties Association officials who studied the discovery said they believed the remains were people who were young and died in the late 1800s.

The Umeda Tomb itself is one of seven historical burial sites in Osaka City. This tomb is crowded with tourists. And again part of it was re-excavated for a project development near the main train station.

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The victim of an epidemic in the region

Excavations have been carried out since early September 2019. After similar research was carried out in 2016-2017 in a nearby location. “It is our first historical discovery at an Osaka burial site,” said Hirata, an official at the association.

As with the previous excavations, the remains of the remains showed wounds on his limbs. Shows that they are victims of the epidemic in the region. All the bodies have been removed from the excavation site. And experts will now examine further to find deeper details regarding the causes of death of the bodies.

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Mass Graves in the 1800s Revealed Terrible Pandemic Before Covid-19

Many bodies were buried in a hole at the same time

When found, many of the bodies were in small round holes. Where their bodies are piled up and then buried just like that. Archaeologists found a coffin containing the remains, which is a sign that they were buried together.

Experts also found about 350 jars. And it is possible that some of the bodies have also been cremated. Also found were coins, Buddhist prayer beads, headdresses, combs, sake cups and clay dolls believed to be buried with the body.

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