Deep in the basement of a supermarket in Paris, construction workers beginning a routine renovation made a startling discovery. Buried in the soil were over 200 skeletons, in a mass grave dating back centuries. Managers expected to maybe find a few bones, as the land was used as a cemetery in the past, but nobody could have predicted this...
Experts have speculated that this is a mass grave because of how closely packed the bodies are to each other.
So far, archaeologists have discovered around eight pits in the basement used for mass burials. Each pit contained between 5 and 20 bodies.
Some bodies were buried alone, but in close proximity to the pits, which consisted of men, women, and children of all ages.
Experts have suggested that the skeletons could be victims of the plague that terrorized France between the 14th and 16th centuries.
The bodies were discovered underneath the Monoprix Réaumur-Sébastopol supermarket, located in the second arrondissement neighborhood of Paris. The bones are currently still in the process of being dated, catalogued, and analyzed.