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Reburied Medieval Remains Unearthed in Norway

Friday, January 10, 2020

Norway Medieval BurialTRONDHEIM, NORWAY—Life in Norway reports that a team from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) is excavating a medieval cemetery containing 32 individual graves and three charnel pits discovered last summer in a Trondheim shopping district near the Nidelva River. NIKU archaeologist Silje Rullestad said some of the burials had been destroyed by later burials or construction work. One of the pits contained the bones of an estimated 200 people placed in deep wooden boxes. The remains are thought to have been moved from other cemeteries to this location, which was recorded on historic city maps, sometime during the seventeenth century. To read about artifacts and animal remains that recently melted out of the ice in Norway's Jotunheimen Mountains, go to "Melting Season."

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