Diary post: We found human bones on holiday!

Whilst going through the pictures from my day trip to Rouen, in France,  I came across some pictures of when we found human bones on holiday! I thought I’d share them with you and give you some context, enjoy!

The Frugal Frenchie

We found human bones on holiday!
In the middle of discovering an entire chest
We found human bones on holiday!
Dusting off hidden pelvic bones
We found human bones on holiday!
Digging up the deathly history of a religious site
We found human bones on holiday!
A skull sticking out from the soil
We found human bones on holiday!
A horrifying mish mash of bones

These bones were found on the site of L’aitre Saint-Maclou in Rouen. This site, the inner courtyard to the entrance of the St. Maclous parish, was being refurbished when we visited earlier this summer. This courtyard/cemetery dates to the 14th century or even sooner, so local students and architects were digging it up to see what could be found.

Predictably, it did not disappoint. As you can see, there were individual whole bodies, as well as clumps of bones that were from different bodies all mixed up together.

It completely fascinated me, as to the story behind each of these. Were they killed? Were they natural deaths? Were they mass victims of the Black Death in 1348?

I’ve always loved history and this really fascinated me! Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any clearer pictures but the bones were very very obvious. Have you ever made any interesting discoveries? Let me know!

19 thoughts on “Diary post: We found human bones on holiday!

  1. Omg!!! This would fascinate me too! My family and I are visiting a museum with real mummies which is right up my alley!! But that’s probably as close as I’ll ever get to real humans lol

  2. This must have been such an exciting but creepy discovery, I find it so interesting, I bet you were all taken aback!

    Something you’ll always remember and certainly a good story to tell!! <3

    1. So true, I wish I had more time to find out more about it- google said very little surprisingly so the mystery still remains xx

    1. No I didn’t. I took a picture of the signs that were up which is what I based my Google search on, but couldn’t find anything.
      Maybe it’s not a public project… which makes me even more suspicious!

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