Jewish bones found in medieval well in England

June 28, 2011 15:17

BERLIN -- Bones found in a medieval well in England are probably the remains of Jews murdered in the 12th century, forensic scientists say.

The burial site in Norwich is the only one of its kind ever found, according to the BBC, which in July will broadcast a documentary on the discovery.

Workers preparing the ground for construction of a shopping center discovered the bones of 17 individuals, including 11 children, in 2004. Archaeologist Giles Emery was called in to excavate the bones.

A team of scientists led by forensic anthropologist Sue Black of the University of Dundee's Centre for Anthropology and Human Identification analyzed the bones, and DNA expert Ian Barnes determined that the victims were all related, most probably coming from one Ashkenazi Jewish family.

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