Scientists have found what looked like a medieval pauper

Scientists have found what looked like a medieval pauper

Experts from the University of Cambridge and the University of Dundee (UK) have reconstructed the appearance and lifestyle of the poor of the XIII century, whose remains were discovered on the territory of modern St. John’s College.

To 1511 this place was a hospital of St. John the Evangelist and the adjoining cemetery.

New research uncovers the history of #Cambridge townspeople buried beneath our feet. #Archaeology

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Archaeologists believe that the man was a guest charities that assisted the poor, the elderly and the disabled. Scientists were able to reconstruct the appearance of this man, and learn some facts from the biographies.

958 Context — under the code name of the male figures in the study died at the age of approximately 40 years. The condition of his skeleton suggests that he did hard physical work, but experts can not give an exact profession. It is curious that Context 958 ate a lot of meat and fish, but such a diet was at that time a rarity for the poor. Scientists suggest that the man could be engaged in trade or his activities gave him access to such food. Perhaps he was unable to continue work because of illness. So his only refuge was the workhouse, reports “Around the world”.

About the difficult fate of shows and enamel of a poor man: in her youth, she was twice stopped growing, which is evidence of illness or extreme need. The archaeologists also discovered a trail of blunt force trauma to the head, but they believe that the cause of death was not him.

Most historical evidence about life in the Middle ages describe life of wealthy people. At the time, the less money and assets you have, the less likely it is that someone would write about you.John Robbecke archaeologist

So that such skeletons is rare and good opportunity to learn more about the life of the less wealthy inhabitants of medieval Europe”.