Burial site including 200 skeletons found under Paris shop

Around 200 skeletons have been unearthed under a Paris supermarket after workmen extending the shop’s basement discovered a huge pile of bones.

The bodies, which were found neatly stacked five deep in eight underground chambers, are thought to be victims of an epidemic that struck France at least five centuries ago. 

Archaeologists from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) were called in to take a look and have spent days tirelessly uncovering the bones.


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Around 200 skeletons have been unearthed under a small Paris supermarket after workmen extending the shop's basement discovered a huge pile of bones 

Around 200 skeletons have been unearthed under a small Paris supermarket after workmen extending the shop’s basement discovered a huge pile of bones 

They found seven chambers containing around 20 skeletons each and a further chamber that had another 150.

Pascal Roy, store manager of the Monoprix supermarket, said that the shop had been built on the site of the old Trinité hospital, which functioned from as early as the 12th century. 

He said: ‘We figured there’d be a few bones…

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