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5th-century cemetery found in Uffizi Gallery dig; dozens of skeletons could be plague victims
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:20 PM EST
Work to expand the Uffizi Gallery's exhibit space has unearthed an ancient cemetery with dozens of skeletons archaeologists say might have been victims of the plague or some other epidemic that swept through Florence during the 4th or 5th century.
Lack of signs of wounds or malnutrition also could point to death by disease. Archaeologist Andrea Pessina says DNA testing will aim to find evidence of what "certainly was an extremely lethal epidemic," possibly the plague.
Work to build an elevator revealed the burial site.