Skeletons Of Victims Of Inquisition Reveal Bodies Of Jewish People Tossed Face-Down In Trash Heap

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Skeletons Of Victims Of Inquisition Reveal Bodies Of Jewish People Tossed Face-Down In Trash Heap

Archaeologists undertaking routine excavations in Évora, Portugal, in advance of construction did not expect to find the remains of a dozen victims of the Inquisition. But both the bodies and the documentary evidence they found revealed that the men and women, likely convicted of practicing Judaism, were unceremoniously dumped outside the Inquisition Court along with regular garbage.

Writing in the latest issue of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, archaeologists Bruno Magalhães, Teresa Matos Fernandes, and Ana Luísa Santos of the University of Coimbra detail the historical background of the Inquisition Court and its records, along with the archaeological findings of the skeletons themselves, which included 12 complete adults and a thousand bones from another 16 people.

Read the full story at Forbes by Kristina Killgrove 

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