Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bodies of 17 Jews from Medieval Norwich may have been mass-murder victims, scholars believe

Scholars from the University of Dundee believe that the remains of 17 people found in a well in Norwich were members of the medieval Jewish community who were murdered or committed suicide during anti-Jewish violence. The results are being presented on tonight’s episode of the BBC show History Cold Case.

The discovery of the remains of 17 people in a well in the centre of Norwich was made in 2004 when the Chapelfield Shopping Centre was being built. Archaeologist Giles Emery was called in and his team excavated the remains of the bodies which were discovered several metres down a well – the only burial of its kind to have been discovered in the UK.

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