Friday, February 14, 2020

Eerie wall made from HUMAN bones and shattered skulls found under cathedral

GRUESOME walls made entirely of humans bones have been uncovered at a cathedral in Belgium.

Experts say the grisly structures were built in the 17th Century using remains that were 200 years old at the time.

They were made entirely of the thigh and shin bones of various adults. Between the walls, spaces were filled with skulls, many of them shattered.

Archaeologists from Ruben Willaert bvba in Bruges said the find was unique to Belgium, the Brussels Times reported.

"This is a phenomenon we’ve not yet come across here," said project leader Janiek De Gryse.

The discovery was made at Saint-Bavo’s cathedral in the city of Ghent. The building has been in use for more than a thousand years.

Similar structures made using human remains have been found at ancient sites across Europe, including the catacombs of Paris.

Researchers said the Saint-Bravo bones appeared to date to the late 15th Century.

"For the moment we would place the actual construction in the 17th and 18th century," De Gryse said, "although there’s a great deal of research still to be done."

The walls of bones appears to have been built during a time when the graveyard was being cleared.

It's possible that the structures were pieced together while workers dug up old graves to make way for new ones.

"When clearing a churchyard, the skeletons cannot just be thrown away," De Gryse explained.

"Given that the faithful believed in a resurrection of the body, the bones were considered the most important part.

"That is why stone houses were sometimes built against the walls of city graveyards: to house skulls and the long bones in what is called an ossuary."

In other archaeology news, a fossil hunter has found pieces of Jurassic history encased in golden-snitch-like spheres.

Hitler's secret vegetable garden has been uncovered at a bunker in Poland.

And, the face of a 1,000-year-old Viking warrior woman with a gruesome battle wound across her skull has been revealed.

Why do you think the bone wall was built? Let us know in the comments…

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