The remains of 100 children among 240 skeletons found under the Wales department store in the UK

Archaeologists discovered the skeletal remains of more than 240 people, including around 100 children, under a former department store in Pembrokeshire in Wales, UK, among the remains of a medieval priory on Tuesday, according to reports.

In a ‘hugely significant’ find under a former Ocky White store that provides a ‘window into medieval Haverfordwest’, archaeologists believe they have unearthed remains of St. Savior Priory, founded by an order of Dominican monks around 1256, according to a BBC report. . With around half of the remains being those of children, experts noted that this reflects high death rates in the past.

Some of the skeletons also had violent injuries. According to Dyfed Archaeological Trust site supervisor Andrew Shobbrook, some of the remains were found with head wounds consistent with having been in combat, and wounds that could have been caused by arrows or bullets. musket balls.

Theories about the probable cause of the injuries have led archaeologists to believe that the bodies are likely victims of an attack led by Owain Glyndŵr, who was the last Welshman to hold the title of Prince of Wales. “We know that the city was besieged in 1405 by Owain Glyndŵr and they could be victims of this conflict,” Shobbrook said.

Shobbrook also noted that the priory was a “substantial complex of buildings” with dormitories, scriptoriums, i.e. rooms devoted to writing and manuscripts as well as stables and a hospital.

“It’s a pretty prestigious place to be buried. You have a range of people, from wealthy to urbanites in general,” he said. Experts also believe that the cemetery could have been used until the beginning of the 18th century.

All the bones will be analyzed by a specialist before being reburied on nearby consecrated ground. Meanwhile, the remains and other finds, including tiles, are stored in a nearby disused store after being cleaned and dried.

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