Under a Monoprix store in Paris are corpses. A lot of them.
Eight mass graves have been found so far, seven of them containing between five and 20 individual human remains buried up to five deep within a 100 metre sq area. The eighth grave contained, at the last count, the remains of 150 bodies.
Isabelle Abadie who is leading the dig said there was possibly another layer of bodies below those that had been uncovered.
"another layer of bodies below those that had been uncovered": one of the most powerful Gothic observations one can make.
“What is astonishing is that the bodies were not thrown in, but put there with care and in an organised way. The individuals – men, women and children, were placed head-to-toe, no doubt to save space.
“It suggests there were a lot of sudden deaths, but we still have to find the cause of this sudden fatal event and whether it was an epidemic, fever, famine.”
One more detail:
Many of the skeletons, well preserved in the sand, have their arms crossed over their chests, leading experts to believe they may have been wrapped in cloth.
(thanks to saramin!)