Beneath Your Feet

When construction workers in Oslo dug a drainage ditch around a church in the Old City district, they uncovered a slew of skeletons little more than a foot below the surface. According to an Aftenposten Norway article, the skeletons likely belong to the former tenants of a Dominican monastery located in the area from 1240 until 1537 — via BoingBoing

Before the Reformation the most blessed resting spots were awarded hierarchically and could be bought. The best plots lay under the holy water that drained off the church roof and dripped onto the ground below… The skeletons also bear witness to medieval times as an age of violence. Many of the bones reveal notches that must have resulted from brutal force

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