1,500 Human Skeletons Found in Hole-Shaped Graves in Japan

TOKYO, KOMPAS.com – Archaeologists have excavated grave a mass of 1,500 human skeletons, most of them in holes.

Many of them are believed to have died amid the plague, buried in the 19th century in a mass grave. The project was carried out in the urban development section Osaka in the west Japan.

Launch The Associated Press, authorities of the Osaka City Cultural Properties Association (OCCPA), a study of the frameworks revealed that they were young people who died in the late 1800s.

The Umeda Cemetery, one of 7 historical burial sites in the bustling commercial city of Osaka, was excavated as part of a rebuilding project near the main train station.

More than 1,500 human skeletons were found during the final round of excavations that began in September 2019. The activity follows a 2016-2017 study that unearthed hundreds of similar skeletons in nearby locations, according to Yoji Hirata, an official at the OCCPA.

“This is the historic discovery of our first burial site in Osaka,” Hirata said. “This discovery will provide more detailed (information) on the funeral traditions of the common people in the past.”

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Victims of plague

In previous excavations, many human remains were found showing signs of wounds on their limbs.

The findings indicated they were victims of an outbreak of disease in the region, Hirata was quoted as saying Associated Press.

All the skeletons found are removed and experts will examine and examine other artifacts, in the hope of being able to obtain more detailed information regarding the deaths of these people.

So far, few experts have considered the possibility of a syphilis epidemic, which is once rampant in populated areas like Osaka.


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