Human bones unearthed at new museum construction site

Valmira Gjoni
June 2nd, 2020

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Remains of 15 people could originate from old hospital from 1700-1800s

What mystery do these bones conceal? (photo: Vejdirektoratet)

Archaeologists in Copenhagen have discovered the remains of 15 people of different ages, according to the road directorate, Vejdirektoratet.

The bones were unearthed during as part of the construction of the new State Natural History Museum building in the Danish capital.

One of the bones is sawed through, while others have marks or notches.

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Could originate from old hospital
Experts estimate that the bones may be centuries old and stem from one of the city’s former hospitals.

In fact, archaeologist and excavator Sigrid Frances Schmidt connects the bones with remains found at nearby Holmen’s Cemetery, which derived from pathological studies carried out by the Royal Surgical Academy from the late 1700s to the mid-1800s.

However, a more precise assessment of the origin of the bones will remain a mystery until they are adequately studied.


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